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Scottie Buehler CPM

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Email    scottiecpm@ucla.edu
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Scottie Hale Buehler is a midwife turned historian of medicine.  After earning her BA in Sociology and Women and Gender Studies from the University of Texas at Austin (2006), she became a Certified Professional Midwife and founded and operated Motherwit Midwifery, a homebirth midwifery practice in Austin, Texas. Her dissertation employs practice and object-oriented methodologies to the study of midwifery training programs in the second half of eighteenth-century France. Complicating traditional narratives of male usurpation of the female domain of midwifery, Scottie explores gendered professional demarcation practices around and within these courses. Rather than attempting to eliminate midwifery as previous historical narratives have suggested, these courses represent an effort to integrate midwifery into the medical professions, at least for certain women. More broadly Scottie grapples with questions of gender and objects, conceptions of the body, and history of the book.

Fields of Study

History of Science and Medicine


Scottie's specialty is the history of midwifery, obstetrics, and gynecology from 1500-1800 in France and England. Other interests include the history of medicine more generally and history of the body. Her dissertation focuses on midwifery training in late eighteenth century France and the texts, objects, and images used.


“Birthing Cases: Narrative and Medical Knowledge in Francois Mauriceau's Observations (1694).” UCLA Historical Journal 27, no.1. (2016).

Grants and Awards

Huntington Library Short Term Fellowship 2018
Chateaubriand Fellowship 2017
American Association for the History of Nursing H-31 Pre-doctoral Research Grant 2016
Penny Kanner Dissertation Research Fellowship 2016
Benjamin Nickoll Summer Research Travel Grant 2015
Graduate Summer Research Mentorship 2015
Barbara Rootenberg Fellowship in the History of Medicine 2015
Graduate Summer Research Mentorship 2014
Campbell Book Collectors Competition 2014

Conference Presentations

    • University of Texas at Austin,

      Joint Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality and History and Philosophy of Science

    • Histories of Reproductive Risk 2016

            Held at Princeton University. Presented "“Obstetrical Danger in Eighteenth Century France: The                        Instruments of André Levret and the Hands of Madame du Coudray”

    • "Images Don't Speak for Themselves"

      Library exhibit on images and knowledge. Scottie's section focuses on the role of conventions of the fetus in the uterus in the creation of medical knowlege from 1500-1900.

  • UCLA History of Medicine and Medical Humanities Research Forum 2015

      Presented "A Simulacrum of Birth: The Pedagogical Instruments and Obstetrical Course of Madame du Coudray."

  • History Graduate Student Association Conference 2015

       Presented “Birthing Cases”

  • Joint Atlantic Seminar on the History of Medicine 2014

        Presented “Birthing Cases: Narrative and Knowledge Production in François Mauriceau’s Observations


Mary Terrall


MA History, UCLA 2015
Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), Association of Texas Midwives 2010
BA Sociology and Women and Gender Studies, University of Texas at Austin 2006