Jean Donnison

ISSN 0256-5004 (Print)

AIMS Journal, 2017, Vol 29 No 2

(1925 – 2017)

In 1977 Jean published her classic work 'Midwives and medical men: a history of the struggle for the control of childbirth' a book that should be read by every midwife and mother. She pioneered research into the history of midwifery and childbirth and championed midwifery as a separate profession. She was a valuable source of well-researched historical information and so willing to give of her time discussing current maternity issues. Despite her declining health she was always willing to respond to those who sought her advice and wisdom. She will be sorely missed.


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