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Celebrating 500 Years of Pregnancy and Birth

Guiding out a Breech (1690) from JustineSiegemund’s Die Chur-Brandenburgische Hof-WeheMutter (The Brandenburg Court Midwife) (c) Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Since April this year the library and archives of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has been involved in a Knowledge Exchange Partnership with The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities and the De Partu History of Childbirth Group.

The partnership mines the college’s rich collection of over 2000 books and extensive archive material dating from the 15th century to today and utilises the expertise of a wide range of healthcare professionals and academics. The Partnership aims to widen awareness of the heritage collections at RCOG and those of the Royal College of Midwives; to facilitate dialogue between academic researchers and healthcare practitioners on the history of pregnancy and birth; and to provide a forum for debates on current issues in their historical context.

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This blog post was written by Carly Randall, RCOG Archivist. It was originally published on the rcogheritage on 7 September 2015.