“Your Baby on Day 33”: Pregnancy Development Timelines
from Nineteenth-Century Maternity Guides to Twenty-First Century Apps
February 20, 2018
Radcliffe Room, Schlesinger Library
Consistently over the centuries, timelines have described an ideal pregnancy and ignored the large proportion of pregnancies which do not reach fruition in full-term birth. What would a more realistic and informative description of prenatal development look like?
Lara Freidenfelds is the author of The Modern Period: Menstruation in Twentieth-Century America. Her next book, Perfecting Pregnancy and Mourning Miscarriage: The History that Shaped Modern Childbearing, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2019. She holds an A.B. in Social Anthropology and a Ph.D. in History of Science from Harvard University, and her research has been supported by a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Wellesley College. She is a regular contributor to Nursing Clio.