Intuition as authoritative knowledge in midwifery and homebirth.

  title={Intuition as authoritative knowledge in midwifery and homebirth.},
  author={Robbie Davis-Floyd and Elaine Davis},
  journal={Medical anthropology quarterly},
  volume={10 2},
As defined by Jordan (1992, 1993[1978]), authoritative knowledge motivates decision and action. Based on interviews with 22 white middle-class midwives in the United States conducted between 1992 and 1993, this article explores the inner knowing that constitutes a primary source of authoritative knowledge for homebirthers but is granted no authority in the… CONTINUE READING