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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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The Eighteenth Century and the Origins of Man-Midwifery

The Eighteenth Century and the Origins of Man-Midwifery

(p.166) 11 The Eighteenth Century and the Origins of Man-Midwifery
Death in Childbirth

Irvine Loudon

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the features of midwifery in England during the 18th century, which form the essential foundation to understanding maternal care and maternal mortality in the 19th century. The key feature of this period is the growth of man-midwifery or the increase in involvement of medical practitioners in the management of childbirth. This chapter suggests that the 18th century was a period of phenomenal growth in obstetric knowledge, teaching, and practice, and it is during this period that the shift from the old style of childbirth to the new style occurred.

Keywords:   midwifery, England, maternal care, maternal mortality, childbirth, obstetrics, man-midwifery

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