Death in Childbirth: An International Study of Maternal Care and Maternal Mortality 1800-1950

Hardcover | November 15, 1992

byIrvine Loudon

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This is the first international study of maternal care and maternal mortality. Over the last two hundred years different countries developed quite different systems of maternal care. Death in Childbirth is a meticulously researched analysis, firmly grounded in the available statistics, ofthe evolution of those systems between 1800 and 1950 in Britain, the USA, Australia and New Zealand, and continental Europe. Irvine Loudon examines the effectiveness of various forms of maternal care by means of the measurement of maternal mortality - the number of women who died as a result of childbirth. His detailed study answers a number of important questions: What was the relative risk of a home or hospitaldelivery, or a delivery by a midwife as opposed to a doctor? What was the safest country in which to have a baby, and what were the factors which accounted for enormous international differences? Why, against all expectations, did maternal mortality fail to decline significantly until the late1930s? It is an invaluable contribution to medical and social history.

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This is the first international study of maternal care and maternal mortality. Over the last two hundred years different countries developed quite different systems of maternal care. Death in Childbirth is a meticulously researched analysis, firmly grounded in the available statistics, ofthe evolution of those systems between 1800 an...

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This is the first international study of maternal care and maternal mortality. Over the last two hundred years, different countries developed quite different systems of maternal care. Death in Childbirth is a meticulously researched analysis, firmly grounded in the available statistics, of the evolution of those systems between 1800 an...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:646 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.69 inPublished:November 15, 1992Publisher:Oxford University Press

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List of figuresList of tablesAbbreviationsIntroductionPart I. The Measurement of Maternal Mortality1. The measurement of maternal mortality2. Problems of measuring maternal mortalityPart II. The Causes of Maternal Mortality3. The determinants of maternal mortality4. Puerperal fever5. Toxaemia of pregnancy and eclampsia6. Obstetric haemorrhage7. Abortion8. Other causes of maternal mortalityPart III: Maternal Care and Maternal Mortality in Various Countries9. The importance of international comparisons10. Maternal mortality in pre-registration England11. The eighteenth-century and the origins of man-midwifery12. Maternal care in nineteenth-century Britain13. Maternal care in Britain 1900-193514. Maternal mortality in Britain from 1850 to the mid-1930s15. Maternal care and maternal mortality in Britain 1935-195016. The geography and politics of maternal care in the USA: Introduction17. Home deliveries and the general practitioner18. The American midwife19. The American lying-in hospital20. Attitudes to childbirth and the problem of pain21. The orgy of interference22. Maternal mortality in the USA23. Europe: Introduction24. European midwives25. European lying-in hospitals and obstetricians26. Maternal care and maternal mortality in selected European countries27. Australia and New Zealand28. Maternal and infant mortalityAppendicesSelect bibliographyIndex

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'Irvine Loudon's study is both an informative compendium of information about maternal mortality, and a sensitive and persuasive analysis of statistical evidence, medical opinion from the past, and life histories. For a social historian, this hefty "read" of more than six hundred pages wassometimes shocking but always engrossing and enlightening. This is an impressively complete and passionately written book that presents a tragic story, well told.'Louise A. Tilly New School for Social Research BHM 1994 68