• Philippa Mein Smith


This book has looked at the decline in infant mortality and the rise of the infant welfare movement. It has paid special attention to mothers’ behaviour in the white health transition from the 1880s to 1950, using Australia as a case study. The infant welfare movement was important in focusing politicians and the public mind on mothers and babies. But it did not contribute as powerfully to the improvement in infant mortality as protagonists claimed.


Infant Mortality Fertility Decline Welfare Service Public Mind Infant Welfare 
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© Philippa Mein Smith 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Philippa Mein Smith
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  1. 1.University of CanterburyChristchurchNew Zealand

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