The Midwives Of Seventeenth-century London by Doreen EvendenThe Midwives Of Seventeenth-century London by Doreen Evenden

The Midwives Of Seventeenth-century London

byDoreen Evenden

Paperback | November 2, 2006

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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.
Title:The Midwives Of Seventeenth-century LondonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:November 2, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521027853

ISBN - 13:9780521027854

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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.

Editorial Reviews

"This study of midwives in early modern London adds admirably to what we know about who midwives were." Bulletin of the History of Medicine