If Henry VIII had hired better midwives would the course of history be changed?

The evolution of midwifery and the tension between midwives and medical men are discussed by Jean Donnison, Historian of Social Policy and author, Lucy Reed, Head of Information Services at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Elizabeth Hurren, Medical Historian at Oxford Brookes University.

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The Centre for the History of Health, Medicine and Society: Past and Present at Oxford Brookes University is one of the premier places to study the history of medicine. Sponsored by the Wellcome Trust, its team of researchers was awarded the highest 5* status for research in 2000 and an international research rating in 2007. Today, the 13 full-time staff are at the cutting-edge of research and are committed to being at the forefront of outreach, too.