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Abraham-Van der Mark, Eva (ed). Successful Home Birth and Midwifery: The Dutch Model. London: Bergin & Garvey, 1993.

Allotey, J.C. “Writing Midwives’ History: Problems and Pitfalls”. Midwifery 27.2 (2011): 131-37. DOI:

Badger, Frances J. “Eaves, Mary Ann (1805/6-1875)”. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford U.P., 2016. DOI:
——-. “Illuminating Nineteenth-Century English Urban Midwifery: The Register of a Convent Midwife”. Women’s History Review 23.5 (2014): 683-705. DOI:

Barnawi, Najla, Solina Richter and Farida Habib. “Midwifery and Midwives: A Historical Analysis”. Journal of Research in Nursing and Midwifery 2.8 (2013): 114-21. DOI: http:/

Borsay, Anne and Billie Hunter (eds). Nursing and Midwifery in Britain since 1700. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Brione, Rebecca. “To What Extent Does or Should a Woman’s Autonomy Overrule the Interests of her Baby? A Study of Autonomy-related Issues in the Context of Caesarean Section”. The New Bioethics 21.1 (2015): 71-86. DOI:

Christiaens, Wendy, Marianne J. Nieuwenhuijze and Raymond de Vries. “Trends in the Medicalisation of Childbirth in Flanders and the Netherlands”. Midwifery 29 (2013): e1-e8. DOI:

King, Helen. Midwifery, Obstetrics and the Rise of Gynaecology: The Uses of a Sixteenth-Century Compendium. London: Routledge, 2007.

Leap, Nicky and Billie Hunter. The Midwife’s Tale: An Oral History from Handywoman to Professional Midwife. Second edition. Barnsley: Pen and Sword Social History, 2013.

McCourt, Christine (ed.). Childbirth, Midwifery and Concepts of Time. Oxford: Bergham, 2009.

McIntosh, Tania. “Attrition from Midwifery Programmes at a Midwifery School in the English Midlands, 1939-1973: An Historical Study”. Nurse Education Today 45 (2016): 63-68. DOI:
——-. “‘I’m Not the Tradesman’: A Case Study of District Midwifery in Nottingham and Derby, 1954-1974”. Social History of Medicine 27. 2 (2014): 221-40. DOI:
——-. A Social History of Maternity and Childbirth: Key Themes in Maternity Care. Abingdon: Routledge, 2012.

Nicolson, Malcolm and John E.E. Fleming. Imaging and Imagining the Fetus: The Development of Obstetric Ultrasound. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins U.P., 2013.
Nicolson, Malcolm. “James Young Simpson and the Development of Physical Diagnosis”. James Young Simpson: A Lad o’ Pairts. Eds. R. Mander and A. Nuttall. Erskine: Scottish History Press, 2011. 57-75.
——-. “The Queen Mother’s Hospital, 1964-2010”. Child Health in Scotland: A History of Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children. Eds. I. Hutchison, L. Weaver and M. Nicolson. Erskine: Scottish History Press, 2015. 189-204.

Wilson, Adrian. “A Memorial of Eleanor Willughby, a Seventeenth-century Midwife”. Women, Science and Medicine 1500-1700. Eds. Lynette Hunter and Sarah Hutton. Gloucestershire: Sutton, 1997. 138-77.
——-. “The Perils of Early-modern Procreation: Childbirth with or without Fear?”. British Journal for Eighteenth-century Studies 16 (1993): 1-19.
——-. “William Hunter and the Varieties of Man-midwifery”. William Hunter and the Eighteenth-century Medical World. Eds. W.F. Bynum and Roy Porter. Cambridge: Cambridge U.P., 1985. 343-69.