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Call the midwife: death in childbirth in historical perspective

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Death in childbirth is one of the main causes of death to women aged 20 to 45: this is true today and has been the case throughout history at times when other causes of death to adult women were also much higher. This paper will provide an overview of maternal mortality (defined as the risk of death to women associated with pregnancy or childbirth) since 1650 with consideration of the main perplexing questions relating to the topic: what can explain the unusual and persistent geographical patterns in British maternal mortality? And why did maternal mortality not decline with the rest of adult mortality in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries?

This talk is part of the Economic and Social History Seminars series.

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