New book review
Coming home: how midwives changed birth, by Wendy Kline (Oxford University Press, 2019) is reviewed by Professor Rosemary Mander.
Catherine M Morrison (2017) Hebridean heroines: twentieth-century Queen’s Nurses (1940s-1970s) (reviewed by Dr Alison Nuttall), and Jennifer Evans and Sara Read (2017) Maladies and medicine: exploring health and healing 1540-1740 (reviewed by Carole McGlone).
Rossini, Gill (2014) A history of adoption in England and Wales: 1850-1961 Barnsley: Pen and Sword £19.99; $39.95 9781781593950 “This thoughtful book is well worth reading for anyone interested in social history” Reviewed by Dr Lindsay Reid Other book reviews
Read, Sara (2015) Maids, wives, widows: exploring early modern women’s lives 1540-1740 Barnsley: Pen & Sword ISBN: 9781473823402 “A lively exploration of the everyday lives of women in early modern England from 1540-1740” Reviewed by Dr Julia Allison Available directly from the author via her website sararead.co.uk for £5.00 + p&p Other book reviews
Terri Coates’ review of Annelisa Christensen’s historical novel, The Popish midwife, is now available. It is based on the life of the 17th-century Roman Catholic midwife Elizabeth Cellier. The book is available from Amazon and all good bookshops. It is also available on Kindle and directly from The Conrad Press website. The author’s blog discusses […]
Since the creation of the modern prison system in the mid-nineteenth century, women have been imprisoned separately from their male criminal counterparts. While some historical attention has been afforded to the running of female-only prisons and how this differed from the regimes imposed in male prisons, I am seeking to question if gender distinctions impacted […]
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 […]
This new book may be of interest: Pregnancy and birth in early modern France: treatises by caring physicians and surgeons (1581-1625). François Rousset, Jean Liebault, Jacques Guillemeau, Jacques Duval, and Louis de Serres. Edited and translated by Valerie Worth-Stylianou (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013), ISBN Softcover 978-0-7727-2138-9; Electronic 978-0-7727-2139-6. (The electronic edition is available […]
This book by Harry Gaston, a local historian, has recently been published. According to the blurb, “Brighton Born, Sussex Bred shows how maternity care has developed over the last 200 years in Brighton and Hove and nationally … Fully illustrated, the book includes the experiences of mothers and midwives from the 1950’s to 1980’s as they tell […]
Published 5th March 2012 by Routledge – 188 pages This new work considers the significance of the regulation and training of midwives and doctors, exploring important aspects of maternity care including efforts to tackle maternal deaths, the move of birth from home to hospital, and the rise of consumer groups. Using oral histories and women’s memoirs, […]
The work of Don Shelton, featured in his article ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes‘, Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 103 (2010) 46–50., where he claims that the eighteenth-century men-midwives William Smellie and William Hunter had women murdered to order, to provide the illustrations for their impressive atlases of obstetrics, has given rise to considerable controversy. Helen […]
De Partu at ICM 2011 Dr Tania McIntosh, Secretary of De Partu (centre) with Professor Billie Hunter, member of De Partu Steering Group (right) and Dr Jayne Marshall, first member of De Partu, in front of poster at the ICM in Durban, South Africa, 19-23 June 2011 The history of midwifery was well represented at […]