director of expeditions
director of expeditions
FOUNDER / EXPEDITION LEADER / EXPEDITION DIRECTOR
Director / Head of operations
Honorary advisor /Medical Anthropologist/ Midwife
Dr. Davis-Floyd is Senior Research Fellow, in the Dept. of Anthropology at the University of Texas Austin. She is an international speaker, published author, medical/cultural anthropologist, and an expert in the fields of childbirth and midwifery.
As a cultural anthropologist, she has spent over 20 years researching issues in the anthropology of reproduction, focusing most closely on childbirth, obstetrics, and midwifery.
Dr. Sarah Buckley is a New-Zealand-trained GP/family physician with qualifications in GP-obstetrics and family planning. Dr. Buckley’s bestselling book Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: A Doctor’s Guide to Natural Childbirth and Gentle Early Parenting Choices, was published by Celestial Arts/ PenguinRandomHouse (US, 2009).
She is a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland, where her research is focused on oxytocin and the autonomic nervous system in labour and birth, and the impacts of interventions.
Dr Buckley’s work critiques current practices in pregnancy, birth, and parenting from the widest possible perspectives, including scientific, anthropological, cross-cultural, psychological, and personal.
Honorary Advisor / Midwife
Carol Gautschi is a Certified Professional Midwife (NARM certified) and is also licensed by the state of Washington. Carol is the longest continuously practicing home-birth midwife on the Kitsap & Olympic Peninsulas. She has attended home births for more than 40 years and worked as a Classical Holistic Midwife since 1979.
She is president and co-founder of the Washington Alliance for Responsible Midwifery (WARM), founding and board-member of Global Midwifery Council and chairs Olympic Peninsula Birth Matters.
Honorary advisor /Cultural Anthropologist
Dr. Sophie Chao is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Sydney’s School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry. Dr. Chao holds a PhD from Macquarie University where her research was based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork in West Papua, examining how deforestation and monocrop oil palm expansion reconfigure the multispecies lifeworld of indigenous Marind communities. Her research explores the intersections of capitalism, ecology, and indigeneity in Southeast Asia.
Dr. Chao is currently Secretary on the Executive Committee of the Australian Anthropological Association (AAS), Co-Convenor of the Australian Food, Society, and Culture Network (AFSCN), and Member of the Charles Perkins Center Early and Mid-Career Researchers Committee (University of Sydney).
Social media coordinator
COMMUNICATIONS AND NARRATIVE
Mary is a community development practitioner with fourteen years of experience supporting women and families in the for-purpose sector in Australia and overseas. Mary is committed to building inclusive communities through education, strategic partnerships and the advocacy of women with complex needs. With extensive experience working to support migrant and refugee women during their resettlement in Australia, Mary is highly skilled in intercultural communication, capacity development and stakeholder engagement. Mary is also a doula and is honoured to hold space for women and their families during some of the most transformative moments of their life. Mary has travelled extensively, speaks three languages fluently and is competent in several others. She is interested in transnational identities, cultural competence in the birth space, and the way women experience birth and the transition to motherhood in different cultural settings. Mary has a Bachelor’s degree majoring in Anthropology and Languages, a Diploma of Education specialising in Language Teaching and she has undertaken extensive professional development in Cultural Competency and Strengths Based-Practice. Mary is also an artisan and she facilitates creative mother’s circles for women in preparation for birth. She is currently working on an ethnographic research proposal to explore cross cultural experiences of birth and the emerging role that doulas play in this space. Mary loves to spend time outdoors, and every week she dances herself into a trance with ancient healing and ritualistic dances from the south of Italy as part of the Melbourne School of Tarantella.