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Death in ChildbirthAn International Study of Maternal Care and Maternal Mortality 1800-1950$
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Irvine Loudon

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198229971

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229971.001.0001

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Maternal Care in Britain, 1900–1935

Maternal Care in Britain, 1900–1935

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(p.206) 13 Maternal Care in Britain, 1900–1935
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Death in Childbirth
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Irvine Loudon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229971.003.0014

This chapter discusses the features and condition of maternal care in Great Britain during the period from 1900 to 1935. This period witnessed the increasing involvement of medical, government, and charitable authorities in the care of mothers and children. It was also during this period that the terms ‘maternal and child health’ and ‘maternal and infant welfare’ were coined to symbolize the politics of maternal care. However, despite these developments and the decline in infant mortality, maternal mortality reached 35.5 percent in 1910, 38.7 percent in 1911, and 41.7 percent in 1914. To address the issue, several laws were passed including the Midwives Act of 1902, and the Midwives Act of 1918 and 1936 in England and Wales.

Keywords:   maternal care, Great Britain, child health, maternal health, infant mortality, Midwives Act

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