Kathleen Vaughan believed that a pregnant woman ‘must regard herself as an athlete in need of training for her special job’. Top obstetricians considered her advice ‘constructive hygiene at its best’ – so what did the first modern ante-natal exercises involve?
The birth of ante-natal classes
About the author
Angela is a Research Development Specialist at Wellcome Collection with a background in film and sound archives. She has worked with artists and television producers on various archive film led projects. She co-curated ‘Here Comes Good Health’ and works with the exhibitions, publishing and policy teams on sourcing collections material.
Try these next
Read ‘Safe childbirth; the three essentials’, written by Kathleen Vaughan in 1937.
Read about 1950s doctors’ fears that labour-saving devices might drive housewives mad and harm their children.
Plan to visit the new ‘Being Human’ exhibition when it opens this autumn, and reflect on how the environment affects our health in many different ways.