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Publications

  • Creed, Fabiola, 'Nemone Lethbridge’s play Baby Blues on BBC television: maternal mental illness narratives, stigma and support in 1970s Britain', Women's History Review, 2024. Available online at <https://doi.org/10.1080/09612025.2024.2327895>
     

  • Marland, Hilary, '‘Drowned in a Sea of Inhumanity’: Natural Childbirth, Postnatal Depression and the National Childbirth Trust, 1956–80s', Social History of Medicine, 2023. Available online at <https://doi.org/10.1093/shm/hkad083>

Gallery of Past Events

Upcoming Events

  • Hilary Marland, ‘“The sausage machine at work”: Resistance to the Dehumanisation of Obstetrics in Post-war Britain’, Society for the Social History of Medicine Biennial Conference’, University of Strathclyde, 16-19 July 2024.

  • Fabiola Creed, '‘Sad Dad’ or ‘Bad Dad’: Emergence and Resistance to Paternal Postnatal Depression in Britain (1980-2010), Society for the Social History of Medicine Biennial Conference, University of Strathclyde, 16-19 July 2024.

  • Kelly-Ann Couzens, 'Maternal Mental Illness & Crimes Against Children During the Second World War in England & Wales', British Crime Historians Symposium, Friends Meeting House, Manchester, 5 - 6 September 2024.

Past Events

Professor Hilary Marland (PI)

  • “I’m not trying here to suggest that we should all try to be amateur psychiatrists': Childbirth, Postnatal Mental Illness and the National Childbirth Trust, 1970s-1980s’, Workshop ‘Affect and Subjectivity in Postwar British Political History’, University of California Berkeley, 23 - 24 April 2022.

  • “I’m not trying here to suggest that we should all try to be amateur psychiatrists': Postnatal Mental Illness and the National Childbirth Trust, 1960s-1990s’, Panel: ‘Mothers, Families and Postnatal Mental Illness in Twentieth-Century Britain’, Social History Society Annual Conference, University of Lancaster, 6 - 8 July 2022.

  • ‘The “Protracted Funeral” of Puerperal Insanity: Childbirth and Mental Illness in Early Twentieth-Century London Mental Hospitals’, The International Marcé Society Conference, Imperial College London, 19 - 23 September 2022.

  • ‘Postnatal Mental Disorders in Twentieth-Century Britain’, Work-in-Progress Seminar, Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Warwick, 1 November 2022.

 

  • “The Protracted Funeral of Puerperal Insanity'? Diagnosis, Heredity and Reproduction in Britain c.1900', Keynote at Workshop ‘Victorian Reproductions’, University of Mainz, 24 - 25 March 2023.

 

  • “I felt totally inadequate as a mother': Motherhood, Guilt and Mental Illness in Post-War Britain’, Workshop, ‘Women and Mental Illness in Post-war Britain’, University of Warwick, 13 - 14 April 2023.

  • ‘“So Called-Puerperal Insanity”: Diagnosing, Locating, and Treating Insanities of Reproduction in Britain, 1870s-1930s’, Research Colloquium, ‘On Being Insane in Sane Places: New Perspectives on the Social History of Madness and Psychiatry’, Expert Research Colloquium, McGill University, 15 - 16 May 2023. 

  • ‘"Joint admission may actually be therapeutic': Motherhood, Mental Breakdown and the Crisis in Care in Postwar Britain’, European Association for the History of Medicine and Health Conference, ‘Crisis in Medicine and Health’, University of Oslo, 30 August - 2 September 2023. 

  • ‘"Joint admission may actually be therapeutic”: Mother and Baby Units in Postwar Britain’, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Faculty of Perinatal Psychiatry Annual Conference, 17 October 2023. 

  • There is nothing peculiar in the insanity of child-bed’: Diagnosing, Locating and Treating Insanities of Reproduction c.1870-1930', Seminar, Centre for the Social History of Health & Healthcare, University of Strathclyde & Glasgow Caledonian University, 5 March 2024.

  • '"The Protracted Funeral of Puerperal Insanity": Diagnosis, Mental Disorder and Childbirth in Early Twentieth-Century London Asylums’, American Association of the History of Medicine Annual Conference, Kansas City, May 2024 (recorded presentation).

  • ‘Maternal Mental Illness in 20th Century Britain’, Wellcome Trust Researcher Meeting, County Hall, London, 21-22 May 2024.

Dr Kelly-Ann Couzens (PDF Strand 1)

  • "I have killed my child. I do not know why I did it': Medicine, Crime and Postnatal Mental Illness in Twentieth Century Britain', Work-in-Progress Seminar, Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Warwick, 30 November 2021.

  • "I could not go home to my mother': Family, Community and Medico-Legal Interactions in Twentieth-Century Child Murder Cases', Social History Society Annual Conference, University of Lancaster, 6 - 8 July 2022.

  • "In my opinion the answers given to me by Mrs Wilkinson were not those of a normal person’ – Medical Expertise in English and Scottish Maternal Child Killing Cases, c. 1860 - 1945', British Society for the History of Science Annual Meeting, Queen's University Belfast, 20 - 23 July 2022

  • "‘I did love my baby really. I did not want her to be a bother to anybody’: Maternal Suicide and Ideas of Care in English & Scottish Child Homicides, c. 1860 – 1960', 'Compassion & Care: Emotions and Experience in the Care of Children Through History' Conference, The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, Manchester, 23 - 24 March 2023.

  • "‘It is difficult to imagine anything which would cloud the skies of life more blackly than that’: Child Murder, Medico-Legal Opinion and the Formation of the Infanticide Act 1938', Socio-Legal Studies Annual Conference, Ulster University, Derry, 4 - 6 April 2023.

  • 'Alternative Legal Histories of Women and Institutionalization' Panel, Socio-Legal Studies Annual Conference, Ulster University, Derry, 4 - 6 April 2023.

  • 'Lord Dawson & the Infanticide Act 1938' , Work-In-Progress Seminar, Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Warwick, 9 May 2023.

  • '[O]ne ‘of those little wayside domestic tragedies of life': The Infanticide Act 1938 and the Inter-War British Family', 'Women on the Edge: Motherhood & the Family in Turmoil in the Twentieth Century' Workshop, Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Warwick, 7 - 8 September 2023.

  • "to remove the legal anomaly and cruelty involved in sentencing a woman to death’: The Labour Party and Reform of Infanticide Law in Inter-War Britain', RHS Transactions Workshop 'Labour Pains: Mothers and Motherhood on the Left in the Twentieth Century', Mile End Institute, Queen Mary University London, 17 November 2023.

  • 'Maternal Mental Illness & Crimes Against Children During the Second World War in England & Wales', 'Women, Reproduction and Mental Illness in the 'Long' Twentieth Century' Workshop, Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Warwick,  8 - 9 April 2024.

Dr Fabiola Creed (PDF Strand 2)

  • "Sensitive’ Histories Panel', Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Warwick, 11 January 2022.

 

  • 'Sufferers, their Partners, and the Media: Experiencing and Narrating Postnatal Mental Illness in Twentieth Century Britain', Work-in-Progress Seminar, Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Warwick, 26 April 2022.

  • 'Nemone Lethbridge’s Maternal Mental Illness and her BBC ‘Baby Blues’ Play for Today (1973)', Workshop, ‘Autobiographical Fiction as a Health Narrative’: Ethics, Accountability, and Responsibility for Researchers Working with Health Narratives, Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing, University of London, 15 - 16 December 2022. 

 

  • “Dropp[ing] in and out': Mental Health, Marriage, Motherhood and Education, c.1960-1975', Workshop, ‘Women and Mental Illness in Post-war Britain’, University of Warwick, 13 - 14 April 2023.

  • 'Maternal Mental Illness Within the BBC's 'Play For Today' Series', BBC Play For Today Viewing Group, 22 April 2023.
     

  • 'Turning Women's History Into Policy', Broadly Conceived Reproductive Network and Reading Group, Birkbeck, University of London and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 28 June 2023.  

  • "Drama out of Crisis’: Nemone Lethbridge’s Maternal Mental Illness and her BBC ‘Baby Blues’ Play for Today (1973),' European Association for the History of Medicine and Health Conference, ‘Crisis in Medicine and Health’, University of Oslo, 30 August - 2 September 2023.
     

  • 'Baby Blues and BBC Television: Postpartum Psychosis Narratives, Stigma and Support in 1970s Britain', 'Generation to Reproduction' History of Medicine Seminars, University of Cambridge, 24 October 2023.
     

  • 'The Last Taboo of Motherhood? Exploring Postnatal Mental Illness and its History through Audio Plays', Conference 'Museums and Beyond: Public Histories of Mental Illness in the 21st Century', University of Huddersfield and the Mental Health Museum, 10 - 11 April 2024.
     

  • ‘Postnatal Depression on Woman’s Hour Radio in Post-World War Two Britain: Airing Narratives, Treatments and Reception’, American Association for the History of Medicine (AAHM), Kansas City, 9 - 12 May 2024.

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