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Bringing life to Aberdeen: a history of maternity and neonatal services.

Pedersen, Sarah

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There is some fascinating detail in this new book detailing changes in maternity and neonatal care in Aberdeen over the centuries. Stories and characters range from Margaret Bane, an Aberdeenshire 'howdie' or midwife, put to death for witchcraft in 1597, to the reminiscences of a new mum in the 1990s whose midwife recommended breastfeeding on the grounds that it passed on immunities to the baby—'and, judging by the state of your kitchen floor, I'd guess you've built up quite a range of immunities'. Illustrated throughout with photographs, maps and newspaper clippings, the book literally breathes life into the story of the changing approaches to maternity care in the city over the centuries, and ends with looking to the future of maternity provision in the city with the plans for the new Baird Family Hospital.

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PEDERSEN, S. [2024]. Bringing life to Aberdeen: a history of maternity and neonatal services. Women's history review [online], Latest Articles. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1080/09612025.2024.2315376

Journal Article Type Book Review
Acceptance Date Feb 2, 2024
Online Publication Date Feb 11, 2024
Deposit Date Feb 23, 2024
Publicly Available Date Feb 23, 2024
Journal Women's history review
Print ISSN 0961-2025
Electronic ISSN 1747-583X
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Item Discussed DUNBAR, L.G., MCCALL, A.T., RENNIE, F.J. and YOUNGSON, G.G. (eds.). 2023. Bringing life to Aberdeen: a history of maternity and neonatal services. Edinburgh: Luath Press. ISBN: 9781804250259
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/09612025.2024.2315376
Keywords History; Gender studies; Maternity care; Neonatal care; Aberdeen
Public URL https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/2243564

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