About Dr. Rixa Freeze, PhD
interview with Amy Romano of Science & Sensibility.
After graduating summa cum laude from Brigham Young University, I pursued a master’s degree in American history from Ohio University, with graduate certificates in Women's Studies and Contemporary History. I then completed a PhD in American Studies from the U of Iowa with emphases in the history of medicine and American environmentalism. I am married to Eric, a Canadian writer and professor. We both currently teach at a small liberal arts college.
My dissertation Born Free: Unassisted Childbirth in North America (PDF) examined the unassisted home birth movement. During my graduate studies, I attended both home and hospital births as a certified doula and as a midwife’s assistant.
My current research endeavors include vaginal breech birth, human rights in childbirth, physiologic birth, out-of-hospital birth, and midwifery. In 2017 I will be collaborating with British midwife and breech expert Shawn Walker to create a protocol framework for hospitals wishing to offer vaginal breech services.
If you have a few minutes, please read the birth stories of my daughter Zari (a planned unassisted birth), my son Dio (a CNM-attended home birth), my daughter Inga (a surprise unassisted birth), and my daughter Ivy (a CNM-attended home birth).
Our family recently spent a sabbatical year living in and renovating an 800-sq ft apartment in Nice, France. Read about our adventures here!
Thanks for reading!