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The birth of ante-natal classes

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?

Words by Angela Saward

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Angela Saward

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!’ in 2012, and works with the exhibitions, publishing and policy teams on sourcing collections material.