The mothers' meeting was the most ubiquitous form of infant welfare in Victorian Britain, a crucial agency of Christian voluntary social service. It was a peculiarly female response to the problems and opportunities associated with economic and social change, a form of maternal culture that took institutional form in a century of religious activism. This chapter describes its rise and fall. Like visiting, it was another charitable agency that became a victim of government growth, wider opportunities for women, and Christian decline in the twentieth century.
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