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'She said she was in the family way': Pregnancy and infancy in modern Ireland

She said she was in the family way



Edited by Elaine Farrell. Published 2012. ISBN: 9781905165650.



Detailed Description

'She said she was in the family way' examines the subject of pregnancy and infancy in Ireland from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. It draws on exciting and innovative research by early-career and established academics, and consider topics that have been largely ignored by historians in Ireland. The book will make an important contribution to Irish women’s history, family history, childhood history, social history, crime history and medical history, and will provide a reference point for academics interested in themes of sexuality, childbirth, infanthood and parenthood.

Acknowledgements vii
About the contributors ix
Abbreviations xiii
List of figures xv
List of tables xvii
Foreword by Mary O’Dowd xix
Introduction by Elaine Farrell 1

I. ‘I would take anything to prevent me having a child’:

1. ‘Veiled obscenity’: contraception and the Dublin Medical Press, 1850–1900 15
Ann Daly
2. ‘Its effect on public morality is vicious in the extreme’: defining birth control as obscene and unethical, 1926–32 35
Sandra McAvoy

II. ‘Inexpressible rendings of heart at the prospect of my child’s death’: pregnancy, childbirth and mortality

3. Some sources for the study of infant and maternal mortality in later seventeenth-century Ireland 55
Clodagh Tait
4. ‘A time of trial being near at hand’: pregnancy, childbirth and parenting in the spiritual journal of Elizabeth Bennis, 1749–79 75
Rosemary Raughter
5. Birth and death in nineteenth-century Dublin’s lying-in hospitals 91
Julia Anne Bergin

III. ‘The natural and proper guardian of the child’: material culture and the care of babies

6. Medicinal care in the eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Irish home 115
Emma O’Toole
7. The chrysalis in the cradle 129
Elaine Murray

IV. ‘The world acted unjustly to women in this fallen position’: unmarried mothers and ‘illegitimate’ children

8. ‘Found in a “dying” condition’: nurse-children in Ireland, 1872–1952 145
Sarah-Anne Buckley
9. In the family way and away from the family: examining the evidence for Irish unmarried mothers in Britain, 1920s–40s 163
Jennifer Redmond

V. ‘I know she never intended to rear it’: infanticide

10. R esponding to infanticide in Ireland, 1680–1820 189
James Kelly
11. ‘A very immoral establishment’: the crime of infanticide and class status in Ireland, 1850–1900 205
Elaine Farrell
12. Beyond cradle and grave: Irish folklore about the spirits of unbaptized infants and the spirits of women who murdered babies 223
Anne O’Connor

Index 239