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Back to top Banks, Amanda Carson, Birth Chairs, Midwives and Medicine, University Press of Mississippi, Jackson, 1999, ISBN: 1578061717, 1578061725.
(A study of the evolution of birth chairs and birth positions, the role of midwives and the “medicalization” of childbirth. Great pictures although as a Regency author I would prefer them to be more closely dated than, for example, “nineteenth century”.) Baumgarten, Linda, What Clothes Reveal: The Language of Clothing in Colonial and Federal America, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in association with Yale University Press, Williamsburg, Va., 2002, ISBN: 0879352167 (hardcover:alk.paper) 0300095805 (hardcover:alk.paper). (Book on general medicine, intended to educate lay persons as well as medical practitioners.
Lots of good information on attitudes toward and treatment of labor pain from that point to the present. He seems to deny that doctors ever supported pain-relieving drugs for fame or monetary gain, which I have difficulty believing. It’s heavy reading, and the author seems to accept writings of male physicians ridiculing midwives without considering the writers’ motives.
However, I don’t doubt that some of the pioneers in this field truly wanted to alleviate women’s suffering, or that women themselves provided a lot of the impetus for the movement.) Cunnington, Phillis Emily, Costume for Births, Marriages and Deaths, Barnes & Noble, New York, 1972, ISBN: 0064913376. But also has a lot of obscure medical history—some many of us would rather not know, perhaps.) Demand, Nancy, Birth, Death, and Motherhood in Classical Greece, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore and London, 1994, ISBN: 0-8018-4762-1.
Most of the medical detail is in chapter 5 and 7, but if you have time this book is worth reading cover-to-cover.) Wertz, Richard W.
An interesting and sometimes frightening primary source.) Ulrich, Laurel Thatcher, A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on her Diary, 1785-1812, Knopf, New York, 1990, ISBN: 0394568443.Includes a glossary of Italian Renaissance terms associated with childbirth and useful information on the practices and customs.A must for anyone writing in this unusual setting.) Sharp, Jane, Midwives Book: Or the Whole Art of Midwifery Discovered, Oxford University Press, New York, 1999, ISBN:nbsp;019508652X (alk. (A treatise written by a woman, published in 1671, reissued in 17.(Contains some useful information on clothing during pregnancy, labor and post-partum, and for infants. Has a section “On the Diseases of Women” which deals with menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth and barrenness.Although this is about America, some of the information is applicable to Europe as well.) Buchan, William, Domestic Medicine New York : Garland, 1985 (reprint, originally published: 2nd ed. A mix of common sense (such as advising women to put their babies to breast early) and typical eighteenth century medical practices, such as bloodletting.