Curious about the maternal-fetal relationship? How does the environment, including the stresses on, the behavior of, and the health of the woman during the gestational period affect the fetus? Are there any long-term effects? How have these effects changed through history?
In early September, we hosted Dr. Sarah Richardson, Professor of the History of Science and of Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality at Harvard University, in partnership with the Mercantile Library, to discuss her book, The Maternal Imprint: The Contested Science of Maternal-Fetal Effects. This book explores scientific theories behind the maternal-fetal relationship. Dr. Angela Potochnik, director of PEWS, joined Dr. Richardson in conversation about her work focused on the concepts, theories and studies on the science of sex, gender, sexuality and reproduction.