Book ID: CBB104568911

Tending Mothers and the Fruits of the Womb (2017)


Robilliard, Gabrielle (Author)

Franz Steiner Verlag

Publication Date: 2017
Physical Details: 309 pp.
Language: English

The early modern period saw a fundamental shift in the history of childbirth from midwifery as a traditional, largely female occupation to modern obstetrics. The seeds of this transformation were sown in the cities, where municipal governments and their medical officials began reworking the often centuries-old systems of municipal midwifery. In Leipzig they overhauled midwife education and in the 1730s appointed a municipal man-midwife. But why all the commotion about midwifery? How 'novel' were these developments really? And how did all these changes affect the everyday work of the city’s midwives? Drawing on a vast array of administrative sources, Gabrielle Robilliard explores the world of Leipzig’s midwives and early man-midwives from 1650 to 1810. Employing a prosopographical approach, she illuminates in minute detail the occupational culture and structure of both official and unofficial midwifery within the city—including social and economic milieus, client networking practices, and inter- and intraprofessional rivalries—and examines the nature of the encounter between traditional practice and new ways of organising urban midwifery provision.

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Review Merry Wiesner-Hanks (2019) Review of "Tending Mothers and the Fruits of the Womb". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 161-162). unapi

Review Merry Wiesner-Hanks (2019) Review of "Tending Mothers and the Fruits of the Womb". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 161-162). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Crowther, Kathleen M.
Homei, Aya
Forberger, Rudolf
Barreto, Maria Renilda Nery
Campos, Maria Soledad Zarate
Corcoran, Andreas
Social History of Medicine
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Renaissance Quarterly
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin Canadienne d'Histoire de la Medecine
Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity
Franz Steiner Verlag
Leipziger Universitäts-Verlag
Oxford University Press
University of Texas Press
Obstetrics and pregnancy
Professions and professionalization
Medicine and religion
August, Elector of Saxony
Time Periods
Early modern
20th century
16th century
19th century
17th century
United States
Bahia (Brazil)

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