Researcher: Dr Phil Gorey

Project: Managing midwives in Ireland. From ecclesiastical regulation to state registration 1615-1918.

Research interests include

The advancement of male medical practitioners in midwifery in Ireland in the eighteenth century.

The development of maternal welfare in Irish dispensaries in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

The early education of midwives and nurses in Ireland.

The role of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland in the registration of Irish midwives 1891-1918

Puerperal Fever.


‘Managing midwifery in Dublin. Practice and practitioners, 1700-1800’, in Margaret H. Preston & Margaret Ó hÓgartaigh (eds), Gender and medicine in Ireland 1700-1950 (Syracuse University Press, 2012).

‘Childhood Ophthalmia in Irish workhouses, 1849-1861’, in Anne MacLellan & Alice Mauger (eds), Growing pains. Childhood illness in Ireland 1750-1950 (Irish Academic Press, 2013).

‘Puerperal fever in Dublin. The case of the Rotunda Lying-in Hospital’ in Lisa Marie Griffith & Ciarán Wallace (eds), Grave matters. Death and dying in Dublin 1500 to the present (Four Courts Press), forthcoming May 2016.

Phil is currently working on her monograph entitled Managing Midwives in Ireland. A History of the Regulation of Irish Midwives, 1615-1918.


201500 HIS 10100 Contested Island

201500 HIS 20960 The Irish Experience

Module Co-ordinated

201500 HIS 31460 Medicine, Culture and Society.