Judith Godden is a freelance historian specialising in the history of healthcare. She is a former academic at the University of Sydney and an Honorary Associate in its Department of History. Her previous books are: Lucy Osburn, a lady displaced; Australia's Controversial Matron; Australian Pain Society; and (with Carol Helmstadter) Nursing before Nightingale. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing and active in numerous historical organisations.
Published: January 2017
The history of Sydney's pioneering maternity hospital is also a history of medical care for women in Australia, from the days of untrained midwives to alternative birthing units.