Our chief aim for this project is to render historical texts on women’s reproductive knowledge more accessible by presenting key portions through the interactive format of the website. To this end, we intend to transcribe excerpts, synthesize the information therein, and place these works in dialogue with each other. Rooting ourselves in the early modern period with texts of maternity, midwifery, and pregnancy from 1550-1700.  We hope to establish a timeline across which we can identify consistent commonalities and emerging developments in texts on women’s reproductive knowledge. To finish off our project, we intend to provide our audience with a list of recommendations for further reading.

To learn more about maternal anxiety and explore legacies the women in the early 17th century left to their children please visit our page Mother’s Legacies.

To learn more about Early Modern midwifery through texts authored by midwives please visit our page Midwifery Texts.

To learn more about Early Modern recipe books, please visit our page Recipe Books.