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The best place for giving birth

For centuries women gave birth in the familiar environment of home, surrounded and supported by women they knew. Tania Staras, an expert in the history of maternity care, tracks the developments that heralded the involvement of men and led to the increasing medicalisation of birth.

Words by Tania Staras

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Tania Staras

Tania Staras is a midwife and historian currently based at the University of Brighton, where she teaches student midwives. Her research interests focus on histories of midwifery and childbirth.