Giving birth in the 17th century

Dr Sara Read explores women’s experience of pregnancy and childbirth in early modern England

Dr Sara Read explores women’s experience of pregnancy and childbirth in early modern England. (Image by Getty Images)

Dr Sara Read explores women’s experience of pregnancy and childbirth in early modern England. Speaking to Emma Slattery Williams, she discusses the research behind her recent novel, which tells the story of a midwife working during the Great Plague of 1665.

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Sara Read is the author of The Gossips’ Choice (Wild Pressed Books, 2020)