The Midwives of Seventeenth-Century London

The Midwives of Seventeenth-Century London

by Doreen Evenden
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521661072

ISBN-13: 9780521661072

Pub. Date: 03/28/2015

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book is the first comprehensive and detailed study of early modern midwives in seventeenth-century London. Midwives, as a group, have been dismissed by historians as being inadequately educated and trained for the task of child delivery. The Midwives of Seventeenth-Century London rejects these claims by exploring the midwives' training and their licensing in

Overview

This book is the first comprehensive and detailed study of early modern midwives in seventeenth-century London. Midwives, as a group, have been dismissed by historians as being inadequately educated and trained for the task of child delivery. The Midwives of Seventeenth-Century London rejects these claims by exploring the midwives' training and their licensing in an unofficial apprenticeship by the Church. Dr. Evenden also offers an accurate depiction of the midwives in their socioeconomic context by examining a wide range of seventeenth-century sources. This expansive study not only recovers the names of almost one thousand women who worked as midwives in the twelve London parishes, but also brings to light details about their spouses, their families and their associates.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521661072
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2015
Series:
Cambridge Studies in the History of Medicine Series
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

List of tables and figures; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Ecclesiastical licensing of midwives; 2. Pre-licensed experience; 3. Mothers and midwives; 4. A social and economic profile of London midwives; 5. Midwives of twelve London parishes: a socioeconomic case study; Conclusion; Epilogue; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.

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