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Death in ChildbirthAn International Study of Maternal Care and Maternal Mortality 1800-1950$
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Irvine Loudon

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198229971

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229971.001.0001

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Maternal Mortality in Pre-Registration England

Maternal Mortality in Pre-Registration England

(p.158) 10 Maternal Mortality in Pre-Registration England
Death in Childbirth

Irvine Loudon

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines maternal mortality in pre-registration England, or the period covering 1800 to 1950. Data gathered from the London Bills of Mortality and parish registers suggests that there was a continuous and substantial decline in the maternal mortality rate in England from the second half of the 17th century to the first half of the 19th century. This trend may be attributed to an increase in the involvement of medical practitioners with children and to the significant rise in the number, status, skills, and efficiency of English midwives.

Keywords:   maternal mortality, England, Bills of Mortality, parish registers, midwives

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