Category Archives: Reproduction

Where the domestic meets the global: Writing the history of assisted reproduction

Vera Mackie, Nicola J. Marks and Sarah Ferber reveal some of the stories that make up the global history of IVF and assisted reproduction. Candice Reed was born on 23 June 1980 in Melbourne. She was conceived through in vitro … Continue reading

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Reproduction regulation, abortion and Indigenous women since the 1970s

Cassandra Byrnes explores the complex relationship between reproduction regulation, feminism and race in Australia since the 1970s. Tasmania’s primary surgical abortion service provider closed down in the first two weeks of 2018. This decision disproportionately affects pregnant people who cannot … Continue reading

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Contraception and reproduction in Australia’s past (or: please don’t try these methods at home)

Lisa Featherstone discusses contraception and reproduction in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Australia, a period of high anxieties about national reproductive imperatives.   By the mid-1880s, the birth-rate had begun to fall across women from all classes in white Australian society. This was surprising, … Continue reading

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A pregnant pause? Filling in the history of pregnancy and dress

Catriona Fisk explores the material and visual record of fashions and dress for pregnant women across the nineteenth century. It is a fact generally acknowledged that pregnancy was a central component of women’s historical experiences. Just as widely accepted is … Continue reading

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The non-history of other births: molar pregnancy and early modern false conceptions

The VIDA blog reproduction series begins with Paige Donaghy’s exploration of how a history of early modern “other” births might create a better understanding of women’s varied experiences of pregnancy, past and present. In the sixteenth-century medical treatise On the … Continue reading

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