The 3 Paradigms of Birth and Health Care: Technocratic, Humanistic, and Holistic

with Robbie Davis-Floyd, PhD

This presentation describes the three major global paradigms of birth and health care–the technocratic, humanistic, and holistic models of medicine and health care. Central to each paradigm is its definition of the body. The globally dominant technocratic model defines the body as a machine in need of technological intervention and repair. The humanistic model, on the rise in many countries, defines the body as an organism in need of emotional and physiological support, and stresses the need for prevention of illness and complications and for treating birthing women with kindness and respect. The highly alternative holistic model defines the body as an energy field and stresses the need for creating full mind-body-spirit wellness. The profound differences in belief, practice, and worldview among practitioners of each of these three paradigms are explained, so that practitioners and women can understand the power of these paradigms to influence belief and practice and evaluate their own choices in terms of where they wish to stand on this spectrum.

Posted on January 20, 2021 by Robbie Davis-Floyd PhD