Image: Dr Carla Pascoe, University of Melbourne, Oral History NSW.
Join Dr Carla Pascoe as she presents the Oral History NSW Annual Lecture. Apart from our own birth, which we do not remember, and our own death, which we cannot anticipate, no other event in our human lives brings us as close to mortality as childbirth.
The miracle of new life and the threat of infant or maternal death loom over the event, imbuing it with unparalleled significance. Memories of birth across the past 70 years are multi-layered and diverse, exhibiting patterns of both change and continuity.
A Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Pascoe is currently undertaking a project funded by the Australian Research Council on the history of Australian motherhood since 1945.