Professor Sarah Knott talks to Dan about the history of motherhood and childbirth. She hasn't taken a linear approach in her research, so her discussion of mothering adopts a broad approach, looking at a variety of cultures and time periods and how they approach one of the most fundamental human processes: reproduction.
Dan also weighs in on how fatherhood has changed, and the changing, and increasing role of men throughout the 19th and 20th centuries in the process of childbirth, and whether that is necessarily a good thing.
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