A feminist history of Australian midwifery from colonisation until the 1980s

Lesley Barclay

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    Abstract

    This paper uses a feminist interpretation and secondary sources to describe the history of Australian midwifery from colonisation until the 1980s. There have been too few midwife scholars who have had access to or used primary data collections to describe the role and place of midwives in the colonising community. I draw on a range of biography, medical literature and work by sociologists and economic historians to produce a limited picture of the history of professional midwifery. This helps to explain the position of midwives today and the problematic relationship we often have with medicine. � 2007 Australian College of Midwives.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3-8
    Number of pages6
    JournalWomen and Birth
    Volume21
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

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