Rodante van der Waal

Rodante van der Waal


February 2023: Podcast on autonomy and self-determination in childbirth!

December 2022: Information video on obstetric violence

October 2022: Article in Dutch news paper Trouw on the danger of losing home birth and autonomous midwifery. Click here for the English version on ICM.

September 2022: New paper out! Obstetric violence: An intersectional refraction through abolition feminism

August 2022: One-hour interview on Dutch public radio (NPO1, Human, Brainwash) on abortion, birth and obstetric violence

July 2022: New paper out! A Call for Critical Midwifery Studies by the CMS collective

Summer School Humanizing Birth: Launching Critical Midwifery Studies happened! For more info see:

Video to raise awareness about obstetric violence, animated by Melissa van Vugt. There is also a Dutch version of the video.

Podcast on political issues in midwifery

Rodante van der Waal (she/they, 1992) is a PhD-candidate in Care Ethics at the University of Humanistic Studies in Utrecht, a lecturer in care ethics, and an independent midwife in Amsterdam, both located in the Netherlands. She has a BA in midwifery, and a BA and MA in Philosophy (cum laude) from the University of Amsterdam. Her research focus is on obstetric violence and reproductive justice from feminist, postcolonial, abolitionist, and care studies perspectives. Papers from her hand have been published or accepted in FrontiersAgendaFeminist AnthropologyBirth, and Nursing Ethics. She is a founding member of the Critical Midwifery Studies Collective and the editor of Contractions, a political podcast on midwifery.

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