I am still working on part two of the Jane Austen series so I thought this week I would do a read along video for one of the primary sources I used for part one. This is William Cadogan’s letter to the governors of the Foundling Hospital in London, published […]
“White Blood: A history of human milk– How babies have been fed from antiquity to modern times and why it matters” by Lawrence Trevelyan Weaver, comes out July 30, 2021.
This is the first of a two parter exploring the life and times of Jane Austen with relation to pregnancy birth and mothering. In this series I combine the popular culture, scientific developments and politics, along with the family’s letters and Jane’s novels to gain a better understanding of what […]
Have you ever seen the cult classic Harold and Maud? How about Rosemary’s Baby? Well, then you’ve seen Ruth Gordon! What does she have to do with baby history? Well, it’s not about the spawn of Satan but its still pretty evil. Ruth Gordon was born in Massachusetts in 1896 […]
Transcript (and then some) In March of 1985, Women Against Pornography, eh-hem, WAPs, awarded Kimberly-Clark the makers of Huggies a Plastic Pig aka as a “zap” for their diaper commercials which the WAPs found provocative, even pornographic…. which… says A LOT about their group. Women Against Pornography was founded in […]
You might think that home infant breathing monitors are one of those IOT’s for 21st-century parents but their history goes back around 50 years and is darker than you can imagine. Reader discretion advised This post will include graphic descriptions of infant and child abuse, murder, and death; as well […]
It’s not often that we hear about ghost stories with infants as the protagonists, I’ve heard a couple (the disembodied crying baby or weirdness with baby monitors), but usually, if it’s a halfling ghost, it’ll be a child. But that wasn’t the case in Needham, Massachusetts in 1839– Just past […]
I wrote this article for the Iowa City Babywearers group blog, published February 18th, 2018. We decided to retire the group in March of this year and our website will be expiring in November, so I thought I would salvage a few of the most popular articles and share them […]
Today we’ll be looking at the evolving understanding of sudden infant death in history, focusing on the developments in the United States during the 20th century. Content Warning: This post will discuss sudden infant death, infanticide, and child abuse. If you know that you are uncomfortable with this subject manner […]
The runaway baby carriage is a classic film trope but does it really happen in real life? where did the trope get started?