De Partu event at York 26th-27th May 2017 – call for papers
De Partu history of childbirth event May 26th-27th 2017: Call for papers Non-members welcome
‘I desire that all midwives may gain a good repute, and have a happy successe in all their undertakings: and that their knowledge, charity, and patience, with tender compassion, may manifest their worths among their women, and give their women just cause to love, honour, and to esteem them.’ Percivall Willughby (1596-1685) Willughby, P., […]
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 […]
It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Dr Jean Donnison on January 27th, after a long period of declining health during which she bravely continued to work and publish. Jean will be known to many members for the significant contributions that she made to midwifery history, in particular her classic work […]
Read here the full version of Professor Michael Swanton’s article: Ethelred the Unready’s gift to parturient women: an agate touch-stone said to ease childbirth Professor Swanton is Emeritus Professor of Medieval Studies at the University of Exeter.
Janette Allotey, Stephen McGann and Clare Lewins at John Rylands Library, Deansgate, Manchester This programme, which includes clips from Call the Midwife, looks at some of the real stories and characters, and goes behind the scenes to look at the ‘mechanics’ of birth with Terri Coates.
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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 […]