No Births on Monday tells the story of midwifery services in rural and remote areas of Australia from the days before European settlement until the present. While the focus is on the south and west of New South Wales, the history ranges beyond the accomplishments of individual midwives to consider the sorts of services formerly available to expectant mothers, and those – sometimes lesser – which we have now.
The book looks at the importance of early training maternity hospitals and Tresillian nurses. It pays tribute to individual midwives and small communitybased ‘lying-in’ hospitals. It chronicles the growth of concern with infant nutrition. It even considers some of the myths and legends which surrounded pregnancy and childbirth. No Births on Monday asks the
hard questions about where maternity services are going in Australia in the twenty-first century, and makes a plea for decision makers to listen to the
needs and concerns of the women they are supposed to serve.
The authors proceeds support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Midwifery Scholarship fund.