Childbirth

Henri-Charles-Ferdinand of Artois, Duke of Bordeaux and his sister Louise-Marie-Therèse of Artois at the Tuileries, by Louis Hersent (1777–1860)

How any mother — or baby — survived childbirth before the 20th century is astonishing

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Between 1300 and 1900 few things were more dangerous than giving birth. For poor and rich, the mortality rate was…

Can we just stop calling everything ‘perfect’?

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Let’s keep the word for the things that truly deserve it

Inside the Portland Hospital

Downton Abbey with epidurals: BBC2's Five Star Babies reviewed

23 April 2016 9:00 am

Five Star Babies: Inside the Portland Hospital won’t, I suspect, have been a hard sell to BBC2’s commissioning editors. Childbirth…

New mothers deserve something better than NCT classes

3 October 2015 8:00 am

Why women are seeking alternatives to NCT antenatal classes

Hard labour

4 December 2010 12:00 am

Moralising doctors and nature-worshipping feminists are driving women to accept needless pain during childbirth