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Author Loudon, Irvine.

Title Death in childbirth : an international study of maternal care and maternal mortality, 1800-1950 / Irvine Loudon
Published Oxford : Clarendon Press ; Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1992


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Description xxiii, 622 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents Machine derived contents note: List of figures -- List of tables -- Abbreviations -- Introduction -- Part I. The Measurement of Maternal Mortality -- 1. The measurement of maternal mortality -- 2. Problems of measuring maternal mortality -- Part II. The Causes of Maternal Mortality -- 3. The determinants of maternal mortality -- 4. Puerperal fever -- 5. Toxaemia of pregnancy and eclampsia -- 6. Obstetric haemorrhage -- 7. Abortion -- 8. Other causes of maternal mortality -- Part III: Maternal Care and Maternal Mortality in Various Countries -- 9. The importance of international comparisons -- 10. Maternal mortality in pre-registration England -- 11. The eighteenth-century and the origins of man-midwifery -- 12. Maternal care in nineteenth-century Britain -- 13. Maternal care in Britain 1900-1935 -- 14. Maternal mortality in Britain from 1850 to the mid-1930s -- 15. Maternal care and maternal mortality in Britain 1935-1950 -- 16. The geography and politics of maternal care in the USA: Introduction -- 17. Home deliveries and the general practitioner -- 18. The American midwife -- 19. The American lying-in hospital -- 20. Attitudes to childbirth and the problem of pain -- 21. The orgy of interference -- 22. Maternal mortality in the USA -- 23. Europe: Introduction -- 24. European midwives -- 25. European lying-in hospitals and obstetricians -- 26. Maternal care and maternal mortality in selected European countries -- 27. Australia and New Zealand -- 28. Maternal and infant mortality -- Appendices -- Select bibliography -- Index
Summary "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 and 1950 in Britain, the USA, Australia and New Zealand, and on the continent of Europe."--BOOK JACKET. "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 scholarly and comprehensive study sets out to answer a number of important questions. What was the relative risk of a home or hospital delivery, 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 late 1930s? Death in Childbirth makes an invaluable contribution to medical and social history."--BOOK JACKET
Analysis Pregnant women Health services History
Antenatal Care--History--19th century
Antenatal Care--History--20th century
Mothers--Mortality--History--19th century
Mothers--Mortality--History--20th centrury
Notes Includes bibliographical references (p. [585]-614) and index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [585]-614) and index
Subject Mothers -- Mortality -- History -- 19th century.
Mothers -- Mortality -- History -- 20th centrury
Prenatal care -- History -- 19th century.
Mothers -- Mortality -- History -- 20th century.
Prenatal care -- History -- 20th century.
Prenatal Care -- history.
Maternal Mortality.
Maternal Mortality -- history.
Prenatal Care -- history.
LC no. 92020160
ISBN 0198229976