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Periods, fertility & childbirth: a pre-modern history

Mary Fissell talks about women’s reproductive health in early modern Europe and America, from menstruation to childbirth

Published: March 8, 2022 at 12:23 pm
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Mary Fissell talks to Ellie Cawthorne about women’s reproductive health in early modern Europe and America. She discusses how women dealt with their periods, theories about fertility, ideas about the female body and the childbirth process.

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Ellie CawthornePodcast editor, HistoryExtra

Ellie Cawthorne is HistoryExtra’s podcast editor. She also contributes to BBC History Magazine, runs the podcast newsletter and hosts several live and virtual BBC History Magazine events.

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