The History of Miscarriage in America

Lara Freidenfelds
Join science historian Lara Freidenfelds for a discussion of how Americans' perceptions of miscarriage have changed over the past 250 years.
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Join science historian Lara Freidenfelds for a discussion of how Americans' perceptions of miscarriage have changed over the past 250 years.Event Description: We're fortunate to host a seminar with Lara Freidenfelds, who has conducted insightful research on the history of miscarriage in America. At this event, Lara will share how innovations in scientific medicine, consumer culture, attitudes toward women and families, and fundamental convictions about human agency have changed our perceptions of miscarriage and parenting over the past 250 years.While there are real benefits of an increased emphasis on parental affection, careful pregnancy planning, attentive medical care, and specialized baby gear, Lara will also show us how these factors have created unrealistic and potentially damaging expectations about our ability to control reproduction. In addition to sharing her research, Lara will also create space for participants to ask questions and engage in conversation.Event Location: This event will take place online via Zoom, a free video-conferencing tool. New to Zoom? After you buy your ticket, you'll receive an email with step-by-step instructions on how to use it, and you'll be a pro in no time!Lara's Bio: Lara Freidenfelds, Ph.D., is a historian of health, reproduction, and parenting in America. She holds a doctorate in history of science and a bachelor’s degree in social anthropology from Harvard University. Her first book, The Modern Period: Menstruation in Twentieth-Century America, was awarded the Emily Toth Prize for Best Book in Women’s Studies from the Popular Culture/American Culture Association. Her second book, The Myth of the Perfect Pregnancy: A History of Miscarriage in America, was published by Oxford University Press in January of 2020.Lara has taught courses in the history of reproduction, sexuality and gender at Wellesley College, the University of California at Berkeley, and as a graduate student instructor at Harvard University. She serves on the advisory board of ZanaAfrica, a non-profit which helps adolescent Kenyan girls stay in school by developing and distributing environmentally friendly, locally-made sanitary pads, conducting empowerment groups for girls and boys, and training women in business and sales opportunities.About Speakeasy: Speakeasy offers intimate events with compelling speakers and performers online via Zoom. Learn more about Speakeasy, and check out all of our events.

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