Short bio

I'm a professor in cultural and medical anthropology at the University of Udine, Italy. I'm interested in reproductive health, particularly in different responses, depending on context, to the overmedicalization of birth. I conducted ethnographic research on indigenous midwifery in Honduras (among Lenca people, 1998) and in Mexico (among contemporany Maya communities, 2000–2009), out-of-hospital birth in Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands (2010–2015), and obstetric violence in Argentina (2016–2018). I was twice awarded a Marie Sklodowska Curie Grant by the European Union. As a result of the second project titled “Obstetric violence. A new goal for research, policies and human rights on childbirth, I'm  the coordinator of the Platform of Obstetric Violence (  and continue my research on the topic in Latin America and in Europe.