As part of the History & Policy network, this Forum seeks to bring together historians with policy-makers, practitioners and researchers into parenting in order to examine ways in which the history of parenting can influence policies and practice today.
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When reflecting upon her experiences as the Governor of Holloway women’s prison between the late 1950s and the early 1960s, Joanna Kelley stated that "our problems were quite different: problems of mothers and babies, problems of family visits impined more on us, and we didn't have the problems of escapes and very violent prisoners." With the creation of female-only prisons, and the more definitive separation of men and women in mixed prisons from the mid-nineteenth century, there were some acknowledgements of the distinct female responses to prison and their specific social, moral and medical needs. A notable distinction in the female prison was the presence of pregnant women and young infants. There were specific spaces that had to be incorporated into the physical structure of the prison such as nurseries and lying-in wards in the prison hospital but also, crucially, their daily needs had to be incorporated into the prison’s routines and regulations.
Bearing Different Risks: Choices in Childbirth through History
Exhibition, 15 June - 15 September 2018
Thackray Medical Museum Leeds, see here for more details
Wisdom from Failure: Learning from Child Protection
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