Born to a Changing World

Born to a Changing World

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Emerging from diaries, letters and memoirs, the voices of this remarkable book tell a new story of life arriving amidst a turbulent world. Before the Plunket Society, before antibiotics, before a€˜safea€™ Caesarean sections and registered midwives, nineteenth-century birthing practice in New Zealand was typically determined by culture, not nature or the state. Alison Clarke works from the heart of this practice, presenting a history balanced in its coverage of social and medical contexts. Connecting these contexts provides new insights into the same debates on childhood a€“ from infant feeding to maternity care a€“ that persist today. Tracing the experiences of MAori and PAkehA birth ways, this richly illustrated story remains centered throughout on birthing women, their babies and families: this is their history.The case against Hill was dismissed.27 White was clearly the colour of choice for the best infant gowns and underwear, in New ... Families both rich and poor did, however, add coloured items to their babiesa#39; basically white wardrobes. Hoodsanbsp;...

Title:Born to a Changing World
Author: Alison Clarke
Publisher:Bridget Williams Books - 2012

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