Living and dying in Georgian London's lying-in hospitals.

@article{Cody2004LivingAD,
  title={Living and dying in Georgian London's lying-in hospitals.},
  author={Lisa Forman Cody},
  journal={Bulletin of the history of medicine},
  year={2004},
  volume={78 2},
  pages={
          309-48
        }
}
This article uses previously untapped archival sources to revise the dominant, negative view of London's eighteenth-century maternity hospitals, by reconstructing daily life at the British Lying-in Hospital. Though the hospital in fact helped to support women's work as midwives, its institutional practices altered the experience of childbirth both negatively and positively, which inspired rumors, criticism, and inflammatory published attacks. The article illuminates how two unrecognized events… CONTINUE READING