News of the second Knowledge Exchange Partnership study day on Pregnancy and Birth: Changing practices over the twentieth century: Oxford University, May 7th 2016

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 […]

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Celebrating 500 years of Pregnancy and Birth

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 […]

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History of midwifery exhibition – Library, RCPSG, 11th, 18th May 2015 – Glasgow

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 […]

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Transforming Pregnancy Since 1900

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 […]

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Birth: personal stories to population policies – conference

18th-19th September 2014, University of Leeds This two-day conference, organised by the School of History’s Health, Medicine and Society research group, brings together those interested in the history of birth, fertility, sexuality, demography and family life, from the medieval period to the present day, and in cultures across the world. The conference aims to situate […]

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The next De Partu History of Childbirth event, to include a members’ meeting and the presentation of papers, will be held at the historic Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester on 14th October 2014. More details of the programme, which includes lunch, a short guided tour of the school and a musical interlude, will follow […]

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