Positive Birth Conference 2016

The Centre for Maternal and Child Health Research is hosting a one-day Conference on the importance of making an informed choice when deciding how to give birth.

For this conference that takes place at the City University of London on the 19th of July, 2016 tickets needs to be booked.

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New Project Website: Prisoner Health

‘Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000’ undertakes research into topics that resonate with current concerns in the prison service, including the very high incidence of mental health problems amongst prisoners, the health of women and maternity services in prison, and responses to addiction and HIV/AIDS. All the different strands of research will straddle the period from the start of the modern prison system in the mid-nineteenth century up to the current day, and compare the provision of medical services and notions of the entitlement of prisoners to health in both England and Ireland.

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‘Always Ready’: Handywomen and Childbirth in Irish History

The Perceptions of Pregnancy blog, like the Researchers’ Network, aims to reach beyond boundaries and borders, and to facilitate an international and interdisciplinary conversation on pregnancy and its associated bodily and emotional experiences from the medieval to the modern. This weeks post on the assistance during birth of handywomen in Ireland comes to us from Cara Delay, Interim Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the College of Charleston.

On duty in the west of Ireland, one of Lady Dudley’s nurses reported her experiences with a maternity case in 1910. She wrote:

Had just gone to another case when this patient sent for me. Then they went for [the] handy woman, who is a great scold. Doctor also had to be sent for, and he would not have me go whilst this woman was there. Afterwards I was called. The house is an old stable. There is no bed in the house, just a table, one chair and one stool; they are very poor. Patient was lying in the corner in a frightful condition. I got assistance and had her removed and made her comfortable.[1]

Revealing the practical difficulties involved in early twentieth-century Irish nursing—rural travel and poverty among them—this report also points to the tensions that developed between nurse-midwives, doctors, and traditional ‘handywomen’ during a time of transforming health care ideals and realities.

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Aktuelle Positionen in Medizingeschichte

To commemorate the 60 birthday of Sigrid Stöckel the Institue for the History of Medicine at the Medical University in Hannover is holding a symposium on current trends in the History of Medicine. Of particular interest to members might be the talk by Johanna Bleker on the Feminine Genius and the talk by Gabriele Moser on Eugenic-abortion and sterilisation in Mecklenburg 1945-50.

When: 8th April, 2016

Where: Medizinische Hochshule Hannover

Deadline to confirm attendance: 23 March, 2016

Contact email: wolters.christine@mh-hannover.de

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Ralph Samuel Memorial Lecture 2015

This year lecture at the Ralph Samuel History Centre is on politics of motherhood in 20th Century Britain.

Thursday 10 December 2015 

6.30 pm (wine reception to follow)

Free of charge, no booking required, everyone welcome. 

Clore Lecture Theatre, Clore Management Centre, Birkbeck, University of London, Torrington Square, London WC1E 7JL

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