Madeleine Akrich (email@example.com) is maître de recherche at the Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation, Ecole des Mines de Paris. Her work is mainly devoted to the sociology of technology, with a special interest in the users of technology. Her recent research is in the area of obstetrics—looking at the way technology influences the experiences of women and the relationships and practices of professionals—and in the area of new information technologies in biomedicine—examining their influence on the constitution of new professional and patient collectives. The work reported on here was supported by MIRE (Mission Interministérielle de Recherche et d’Expérimentation) and INSERM (Institut National Supérieur d’Expérimentation et de Recherche Médicale).
Cecilia Benoit, Ph.D. (firstname.lastname@example.org) holds two jobs at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She is Professor in the Department of Sociology and Assistant Director of the Office of International Affairs. Her primary teaching and research interests are in women’s work and social rights, occupations and professions, comparative health care systems, gender, and health. She is author of Midwives in Passage(1991) and Women,Work and Social Rights (2000) and coeditor of Reconceiving Midwifery: The New Canadian Model of Care in Childbirth (forthcoming).
Ivy Lynn Bourgeault, Ph.D. (email@example.com) is Assistant Professor in Sociology and Health Sciences at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. She presently heads a major study funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada on the impact of the integration of midwifery into the Canadian health care system. She has been active within the midwifery and alternative childbirth movement in Ontario for over ten years, most recently as a Director of the Toronto Free Standing Birth Centre. Her research interests include alternative medicine, patient consumerism, and the relations between health professions and the state.
Elizabeth Cartwright, Ph.D. (firstname.lastname@example.org) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. Her current work is focused on two topics: comparative studies of obstetrics, risk and mal-