This includes recommendations on everything from sore boobs, sore back, morning sickness, varicose veins, insomnia, constipation, dizziness, fainting, nose bleeds and more. But, as always, these read alongs are for getting folks more involved with primary source material– and emphatically not for medical or dietary advice. Next week I plan […]
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Cavazzuti C, Hajdu T, Lugli F, Sperduti A, Vicze M, Horváth A, et al. (2021) Human mobility in a Bronze Age Vatya ‘urnfield’ and the life history of a high-status woman.
In part one of this series, I covered the reproductive history and childcare strategies of Jane Austen’s parents. In this part, I will show that Jane’s attitudes about marriage were shaped– not by her desire to become a published author– but by her observations of motherhood, particularly the physiological and […]
Check out An Address to Pregnant Women at the Wellcome Collection
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 […]
Learn more about the first book in English on pregnancy, birth, and newborn care: The Byrth of Mankynde, 1540.
Urine is a used for pregnancy tests now… and in 17th century Europe.
Learn about the humoral theory and it’s ideas about pregnancy, birth, and infant care including breastfeeding.
Okay, so newborns are effectively needy hot water bottles. But instead of looking at their helplessness at birth as a negative thing, we should consider the benefits.