A Handy Guide to Pregnancy and Birth
for the Seventeenth-century Woman
by Sara Read
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In 1671, one midwife, Jane Sharp, drew on her thirty years of experience to publish a guide for her sister midwives.
In The Midwives Book; or, The Whole Art of Midwifry Discovered, her aim was to reduce the numbers of women suffering at the hands of those with no anatomical or theoretical training.
The book was divided into separate sections covering ‘conception, breeding, bearing, and nursing of children’. Her book was written in such a way that it could be used to inform prospective parents as well as professionals.
This Handy Guide gives a fascinating insight into: