Tuesday 1 July 2014 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Childbirth and the New Dad
• Dr Angela Davis, University of Warwick; author of Modern Motherhood: Women and Family in England c. 1945-2000 (Manchester University Press 2012).
• Dr Laura King, University of Leeds; convenor of the public engagement project ‘Hiding in the Pub to Cutting the Cord? Fatherhood and Childbirth in Britain, from the 1950s to the present.’
There is much policy discussion about the importance of the ‘involved father’, who is intimately engaged with his partner’s pregnancy, on hand throughout the birth, and prepared to get his hands dirty changing nappies and taking time off work. This image is contrasted to the idea of fathers of the past, who ran a mile from the maternity ward and were helpless in the face of a crying baby. But how true are these stereotypes of fathers past, and how are they shaping the policy discussion about the involved father of the future?
In this public seminar, historians Angela Davis and Laura King will present their research on fathers’ and mothers’ experience of childbirth from the 1950s to the present day. The seminar will discuss whether there is such a thing as the ‘ideal father’, during childbirth and beyond; and how stereotypes about fathers’ and mothers’ behaviour and emotions can constrain new parents’ confidence and choices about how to parent.
This seminar is free but places are limited, so please register in advance, here.
Venue: King’s College London, Strand Campus: Nash Lecture Theatre (K2.31) See here for a map.
Date and time: Tuesday 1 July, 18.30 – 20.00 (followed by wine reception)