Tracy Payovich 
The Clements Library 

Contemporary Issues Discussion:
New Motherhood

Maria Bradford gave birth to her first child in late 1831, and she wrote to her mother shortly afterwards describing her childbirth, recovery, and longing for motherly advice. Download and read the letter.

All are welcome to a discussion with historians, medical practitioners, and new mothers to explore how this stirring letter evokes transcending questions about the birthing experience, infancy, and the postpartum period. Join in the conversation by sharing your own history and personal reflections with other U-M and local community members over a complimentary lunch.

Registration is required; please register online (or call 734-647-0864 to register) by May 7. Children are welcome.

Organized by the Clements Library in partnership with the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.


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