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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-36
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Family History
Early online date16 Dec 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


Childbirth is generally viewed as a female activity, which had little participation from men. Drawing largely on the papers of the Crawford family, this article offers an alternative to the traditional picture of childbirth. It argues that men (as husbands, brothers, and fathers) were not only interested in pregnancy and childbirth, but that they also played an active role in these events. It also explores the roles played by men in domestic medicine and argues that the gendered boundaries of the family were not as fixed as they appear.


This document is the Accepted Manuscript version. The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Journal of Family History, Vol. 42 (1), 2017, published by SAGE Publishing, All rights reserved.

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