New book review
Coming home: how midwives changed birth, by Wendy Kline (Oxford University Press, 2019) is reviewed by Professor Rosemary Mander.
‘This collection comprises primarily personal papers originally deposited at the Royal College of Midwives, now held at the RCOG. It includes case registers, pupil case books, notebooks, diaries, photographs and printed material, relating to the experiences of midwives and how childbirth has changed throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.’ A very useful table of contents […]
John Rylands Library, Manchester February 26th 2-3pm
Tuesday 26 February 2019,18:15—19:30 Wellcome Collection, Euston Road, London
Mary Cronk, who has died aged 86, was held in high regard by the mothers she cared for and the many midwives to whom she was an inspiration and a role model. Mary came from a strong radical tradition. Her father was a Clydeside shop steward and her mother worked for the Co-operative Society in […]
John Rylands Library, University of ManchesterThursday 31st January, 2.00 – 3.00 p.m. Delve into our amazing 17th to 19th Century midwifery archive; be amazed at the detailed drawings and accounts from the time. Free event: no need to bookTravel information
‘There is no formal memorial to Mrs Manley’s near half-century of service to the people of Whitby. Yet her diary, a veritable gold mine for the genealogist and for the social historian, remains with us, enormously enriching our understanding of a vital aspect of a bygone age.’ (p. 34) The full text of this article […]
A Life’s Work – Midwives! On BBC iPlayer Radio 4!
In 1982 Chloe Fisher, who has dedicated much of her life to educating midwives and women on infant feeding and to supporting breast feeding mothers, published a historical review of modern breastfeeding ‘management’ and the origins of certain restrictive practices which prevailed for a considerable time during the twentieth century. While contemporary medical experts were advocating […]
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Royal College of Physicians Medicinal plants lectures and the Poynter Lecture of the British Society for the History of Medicine Monday 11th June 1.30pm-7.00pm Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, Regents Park, London, NW1 4LE Plants in Anaesthesia by Dr David Wilkinson, former consultant anaesthetist, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, and historian of anaesthesia A […]
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