Journal article

Traditional midwifery or ‘wise women’ models of leadership: Learning from Indigenous cultures

C CHAMBERLAIN, D Fergie, A Sinclair, C Asmar

Leadership | SAGE Publications | Published : 2016

Abstract

This article originated in a leadership program for Indigenous1 Australian researchers, where a participant who had worked with traditional midwives in South Sudan reflected on her experiences. While there is increasing interest in how leadership studies can learn from Indigenous leadership experiences, much of this work has focused on men’s experiences or has not paid particular attention to women’s leadership. In this article, we suggest that women’s experience as traditional midwives or ‘wise women’ has been a crucial domain of leadership over millennia. We begin by describing the features of traditional women’s leadership through midwifery before reviewing Indigenous and non-Indigenous l..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Catherine Chamberlain is supported by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship (1088813).