“Before Midnight she had Miscarried”: Women, Men and Miscarriage in Early Modern England

Jennifer Evans, Sara Read

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Abstract

Reproduction and Childbirth in the early modern era have sometimes been represented as a uniquely feminine experience. Similarly, studies of domestic medicine have in the past overlooked the role that men played in domestic health care practices. This article builds on recent work that resituates men within both of these discourses by considering the ways in which men understood, discussed and responded to the threat and occurrence of miscarriage in the women they knew. It considers a range of medical literature, spiritual diaries and letters to illustrate that men were a central feature of many women’s experiences of miscarriage.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-23
JournalJournal of Family History
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2015

Keywords

  • miscarriage
  • men
  • pregnancy
  • early modern
  • history
  • medicine

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