Anglo-Jewish Women and Obstetrics, 1730-1780

18 October 2010, 12:30 - 14:00

CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge

Work -in- progress Seminar

Sarah Kelly (History, University of Cambridge)


Sarah Kelly is studying Anglo-Jewish childbirth ritual in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, in particular how this was affected by what Adrian Wilson calls the 'obstetric revolution'. Her research includes studying the records of London's Bet Holim hospital, founded by the Jewish community in 1747 and one of the first lying-in hospitals in England. This material is contextualised by Judaic understandings of gender, fertility, and birth, as well as the climate of obstetric innovation in this period.


Sarah is entering her third year of a PhD programme in History at the University of Cambridge. She earned her BA and MA from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. Apart from postgraduate studies, she is an aspiring novelist and the managing editor of Solander, the principal magazine of the Historical Novel Society.

Open to all.  No registration required.


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