Hjemvendte barselskvinder fra Fødselsstiftelsen 1824-1848

Lars Bo Frederiksen, Anne Grønne & Jesper Gottschalck Olsen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The Childbirth Foundation of Copenhagen existed between 1750 and 1910. It was a place where pregnant unmarried women could find shelter to deliver their baby and leave it to the caretaking of the institution to raise the child. The women could then leave the Childbirth Foundation without any public punishment and still pursue happiness and further offspring within marriage. The Childbirth Foundation was also an institution of education for midwifes and birthing doctors. Women who could not afford to pay for the services of the Childbirth Foundation could commit themselves as voluntary educational material and still receive full service without any payment. This practice made the puerperal fewer flourish at a repeating epidemic scale which killed many childbearing women. The Childbirth Foundation doctors and directors which believed the puerperal fewer to be miasmatic, which means airborne, was unable to stop the epidemic death rates. The Childbirth Foundation and the childbearing women all suffered tremendously from this inability to prevent the epidemic puerperal fewer. The project is an investigation into the educational praxis, the statistics of the death rates and the protocols of the childbearing women and the circumstances of how the management unsuccessfully handled the epidemic puerperal fewer at the Childbirth Foundation in 1824-1848.

UddannelserHistorie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato17 jun. 2010


  • Childbirth Foundation
  • Fødselsstiftelsen