YEARS

2004-2008

AUTHORS

A Nuttall

TITLE

The Development of Maternity Care and the Continuing Medicalisation of Childbirth in Edinburgh in the Inter-War Period: A Casenote-centred Perspective.

ABSTRACT

The Development of Maternity Care and the Continuing Medicalisation of Childbirth in Edinburgh in the Inter-War Period: A Casenote-centred Perspective The proposed study will examine changing attitudes in Scotland to childbirth and its increasing medicalisation in the inter-war period, a time of increasing central and local government intervention which has been viewed by many commentators as providing the root from which NHS maternity services sprang. The central aim of the project is to explore the changing balance of power between patients, doctors, and nurses within the process of maternity care. In particular, it will examine the degree to which medicalisation was the result of patient choice, or of changes in the approach to and management of birth by doctors and midwives. The study will address the question whether popular understanding of childbirth itself changed under the influence of government intervention and medical pressure, and whether the increasing medicalisation of childbirth in this period has similar causes to those previously identified in the pre-1914 period (viz., the loss of social support, the establishment of a professionally-recognised body of trained midwives, and increasing specialisation by senior doctors). The study will be based principally on detailed analysis of personal health records, using techniques developed in my doctoral work. The focus will be on those records maintained by Edinburgh's maternity care institutions between the world wars, not with the intention of examining the history of those institutions, but to gain insight into changing patient behaviour, medical practice and procedure.

FUNDED PUBLICATIONS

  • Maternity records in Edinburgh and Aberdeen in 1936: a comparison.
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