Happy Christmas and all the best for 2017
Handpainted Christmas card to Cicely Williams from a fellow prisoner whilst in Changi Jail, 1944.
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Changing practices over the twentieth century The study day to be held in Oxford on 7th May is part of a Knowledge Exchange Partnership, from April 2015-December 2016, conducted by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, the De Partu History of Childbirth Group, and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Hardly a week […]
Please click on the image thumbnails below for details of a forthcoming event: Celebrating 500 years of Pregnancy and Birth: This is being organised by Professor Valerie Worth (Trinity College, Oxford) in collaboration with the RCOG and De Partu. Attendees may also be interested in attending a De Partu meeting on September 3rd 2015, where there will be […]
In this centenary year of the Midwives (Scotland) Act 1915, this exhibition takes a look at the fascinating history of midwifery. Works by William Hunter and the man-midwife William Smellie will be on display. Crush Hall and the Library Reading Room of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow are open to visitors […]
The death has been announced today of Sheila Kitzinger, at the age of 86. Sheila Kitzinger made a significant contribution to the understanding of birth in its social context from a feminist perspective, and was a catalyst for improvements in maternity services from the 1960s onwards. She was a prolific author, and became a legend […]
Note: the lecture will give an account of the use of these instruments in destructive operations intended to save the life of the mother — some of the ‘desperate measures’ to which the title refers.
Around 1900, few pregnant women in Western Europe or North America had any contact with a medical practitioner before going into labour. By the end the twentieth century, the hospitalisation of childbirth, the legalisation of abortion and a host of biomedical technologies from the Pill and IVF to obstetric ultrasound and prenatal diagnosis had dramatically […]
The “mother of family planning in the UK” Dr Helena Wright talks to Sue MacGregor in 1980 about the early days of the Family Planning Association which formed in 1930. http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/whnews NB this podcast is available for 27 days only – from 17/09/14