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Woman's Hour

Maria Merian's Butterflies, Private and NHS maternity care, Flatulence, Celebrating happy relationships

Duration: 41 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

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Maria Sibylla Merian, artist, scientific illustrator and explorer, set sail for south America in 1699 with her daughter to study and paint more unusual species. But as well as making a significant contribution to the study of insects, Merian was a hugely accomplished artist and her prints remain very popular. An exhibition of her work opens this week in the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace. Jane speaks to Kate Heard, Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings at The Queen's Gallery.

What is it like to give birth at a private maternity hospital which offers an experience like a 'holiday' in a five star hotel and just how different is the medical care compared to the NHS? Jane speaks to Shazia Malik, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the Portland Hospital also working in the NHS, and Dr. Tracey Johnston Consultant in Fetal and Maternal Medicine at Birmingham Women's Hospital.

Penny Mansfield from One Plus One joins Jane to explore why successful partnerships are so rarely discussed and why it matters.

Flatulence is hilarious to some and mortifying to others. Dr. Clare Gerada and journalist Daisy Buchanan discuss the causes and the impact on relationships. Show less


Jane Garvey
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Kate Heard
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Shazia Malik
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Tracey Johnston
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Penny Mansfield
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Clare Gerada
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Daisy Buchanan

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