New Videos

This week we are proud to announce that there are not one, not two, and not even three, but four new videos up on our Youtube channel. Below you can hear:

– Dr Frances Badger recount the tragic story of the Ramsbottom family following a maternal death;

– Dr Frances Badger tell the (happier) stories of Leah and Susannah;

– Dr Adrian Wilson discuss biblical allusions to childbirth, particularly in the Book of Genesis;

– Dr Adrian Wilson analyse Percival Willughby’s views on the uncertainties of childbirth.

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Update on our Publications Page

Take a look at our growing Publications Page for suggested articles, papers and readings on the risks of childbirth in historical perspective. Additionally, if you are a researcher who works on midwifery or history and you would like to recommend a title to this list, please do get in touch.

New Video featuring Trish Davies and James Drife

Here is the latest in our series of Birth Stories videos. This clip features a conversation between Trish Davies and James Drife, a retired Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Trish was a patient of James’s in the “Home from Home” unit in the Clarendon Wing.

Thanks to both for a fascinating conversation on a happy birth from the 1990s.

Programme for the July Workshop

Ahead of the Brighton workshop, here is the final draft of the programme. We will be in Room 101, Mayfield House on the Falmer Campus (if coming by train, make sure you head to Brighton Uni, not Sussex!). There should be parking available as we are out of term time. Below is information about getting to … Read moreProgramme for the July Workshop

Photos and Programme from March 2017 Workshop

Programme: March workshop AHRC

Pregnancy and Propaganda in Historical Perspective
Bahareh Goodarzi’s presentation

 

Dr Sean Lang and Prof. James Drife

 

One of the Thackray Medical Museum’s takes on the history of childbirth in England

 

The Thackray’s controversial graphic representation of maternal mortality

Stories from the Birthing Room

London Renaissance Seminar: Stories from the birthing room Thursday 18 May 3pm-8.30pm Room G04, Birkbeck College School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, WC1 What happened in the early modern birthing room? Though the scene of birth is often understood as secret, a surprising number of texts tell us its story. Exploring material from Mary Tudor and … Read moreStories from the Birthing Room