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  Birth (Wellcome Trust)
 Hippocratic oath forbids abortion c. -400
 
 Soranus of Ephesus writes on gynaecology c. 100 Foetal positions, Soranus
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 Romans invent ingenious baby's bottle c. 200 Roman feeding bottle


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 Birth of the Biddenden Maids 1100 Conjoined female twins
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 Contraception condemned by church physicians c. 1200 Mother feeding her child


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 Midwives employed by town councils c. 1400 Nurses and swaddled infants


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Rösslin publishes first textbook for midwives 1513 Woman on a birthing stool


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 Gabriele Fallopia invents the condom 1564 Swiss peasant family with 15 children


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 Chamberlen invents obstetrical forceps c. 1580 Chamberlen forceps


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 First documented Caesarian section in which mother survives 1610
 
 Mary Toft gives birth to rabbits 1726 Mary Toft holding a rabbit


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 Men-midwives challenge women's right to deliver babies c. 1740 Man-midwife
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 First lying-in hospitals founded c. 1750 City of London Lying-in Hospital


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 William Hunter publishes Anatomy of the gravid uterus 1774 Full-term child in the womb


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 Charles Dickens stereotypes the drunken midwife 1843 Midwife braves a storm to attend a delivery


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 First anaesthetic in childbirth 1847 First child born under anaesthesia


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 Semmelweis washes hands to save life 1861 The dissecting room


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 Marie Stopes opens birth-control clinic 1921 Marie Stopes mobile birth control clinic


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 Grantly Dick Read advocates natural childbirth 1933 Father-to-be reassured by the family doctor


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 Robert James Minnit invents gas and air apparatus 1933 Midwife giving a woman gas and air


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 Prontosil reduces maternal mortality rate 1936 A new mother receives the last rites
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 In vitro fertilization 1969 Human sperm fertilising an egg
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 First test-tube baby 1978 Collecting eggs for IVF


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 Dolly cloned 1996 Reflections on cloning
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