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The Philadelphia Jewess

Fourteen young Tory ladies were selected by Major John André as the “foremost in youth, beauty and fashion” in Philadelphia to participate in the Meschianza in May of 1778, a tribute to retiring General William Howe. Among them was...
From: In the Words of Women on 15 Dec 2018

Instruments or hands? ‘Nature’ and the practice of obstetric surgeons in early eighteenth-century Germany

If you wanted to edify yourself in 1790s Germany on the history of midwifery, you might have consulted J. G. Krünitz’s Oekonomische Encyklopädie (published 1773–1858), the most comprehensive German-language encyclopaedia of its time,...
From: Perceptions of Pregnancy on 15 May 2018

Indispensable Midwives?

A Post in Honour of International Day of the Midwife 5 May 2018 is International Day of the Midwife and we’re sure not many women would want to give birth without the calm reassurance and expertise of a midwife. They were clearly indispensable to...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 4 May 2018

“I am about to leave you”

A salute to JEMIMA CONDICT, the daughter of a New Jersey farmer, in this last post of Women’s History Month. Jemima’s compulsion to commit her thoughts to paper is the reason we have information about her life and the events during the American...
From: In the Words of Women on 30 Mar 2017

“try to give her up freely”

Dr. Richard Hill and his family were part of the substantial Quaker community in America. Born in Maryland in 1698, Hill married Deborah Moore whose grandfather was the governor of Pennsylvania. Hill was a surgeon, an amateur botanist, and a merchant—he...
From: In the Words of Women on 31 Jan 2017

A Midwife Explains it All (1671)

For this post I am flouting all the rules I set for myself regarding sources and time period, but I just couldn’t resist. You will perhaps see why as you read on. The setting is England rather than America and the time is 1671 not the mid to late...
From: In the Words of Women on 24 Oct 2016

“I hope and pray, I may never again be left to go to sea”

ABIGAIL ADAMS continued to describe the voyage from England to Boston in a letter written at sea {May 29, 1788) to her daughter Abigail Adams Smith. Ships met in passing are “spoken to,” that is contacted for news or an exchange of letters....
From: In the Words of Women on 12 Sep 2016

The Maladies of Midwives

While doing some research for the book Sara and I are writing on diseases and medicines in the early modern era I came across a book published in 1703 by Italian doctor Bernardino Ramazzini. Sometimes referred to as the father
From: Early Modern Medicine on 3 Aug 2016

“in my arms a lifeless form I clasp’d”

As the daughter of a fairly well-to-do merchant family living in Gloucester, Massachusetts, JUDITH SARGENT STEVENS MURRAY received the typical education for a girl at the time while her brother had a tutor to prepare him for entrance to Harvard. To make...
From: In the Words of Women on 14 Jun 2016

Open Access Papers: Fertility and Childbirth

Open Access papers on Fertility and Childbirth The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research has published two papers available as PDF online here and here. The first one, “The contributions of childbearing within marriage and within...
From: Perceptions of Pregnancy on 24 May 2016

Podcast of the evolution of understandings of pregnancy in Mexico

By the Sexualidad en tu propia voz explores the changes that happened within the Mexican context to concepts imported from Europe of motherhood, childbirth, and sex. Challenging how men have come to dominate knowledge on childbirth. It discuses issue...
From: Perceptions of Pregnancy on 15 Feb 2016

‘Always Ready’: Handywomen and Childbirth in Irish History

The Perceptions of Pregnancy blog, like the Researchers’ Network, aims to reach beyond boundaries and borders, and to facilitate an international and interdisciplinary conversation on pregnancy and its associated bodily and emotional experiences from...
From: Perceptions of Pregnancy on 15 Feb 2016

Institutions and Ireland: Medicine, Health and Welfare

Institutions and Ireland: Medicine, Health and Welfare A one-day conference exploring Ireland’s continuously evolving relationships with institution. Neill/Hoey Lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub, Dublin Friday 5 February 2016 Papers of...
From: Perceptions of Pregnancy on 1 Feb 2016

The Phantoms of Pregnancy

The Perceptions of Pregnancy blog, like the Researchers’ Network, aims to reach beyond boundaries and borders, and to facilitate an international and interdisciplinary conversation on pregnancy and its associated bodily and emotional experiences from...
From: Perceptions of Pregnancy on 17 Jan 2016

Where were the servants?!

In my recent supervision, my supervisors (@SashaHandley and @HistoryHannahB) asked me a question that I couldn’t answer. Those of you that know them will understand that this is not an unusual occurrence, despite my best efforts. This particular...
From: The History Fox on 10 Jan 2016

Too many visits to the doctor

The Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung comments on what it considers an excessive amount of doctors visits during pregnancy. It reflects the concern that such a trend will change the perception of pregnancy from something natural and physiological to...
From: Perceptions of Pregnancy on 30 Nov 2015

Queen Elizabeth of York and the Tower of London

Several Tudor queens are associated with the Tower of London. Elizabeth of York, Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn were all crowned there, as were the Tudor queens regnant Mary I and Elizabeth I. More ominously, Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard met...
From: Conor Byrne on 26 Nov 2015

Flesh and Spirit

This week’s post is a quick look at the anthology Flesh and Spirit: An Anthology of Seventeenth-century Women’s Writing August saw the first anniversary of the publication of Flesh and Spirit: An Anthology of Seventeenth-century Women’s...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 11 Nov 2015

“the loss I have sustained in my little circle”

It is truly amazing how how women during the 18th century managed to deal with their frequent pregnancies as well as the frequent deaths of their children. Multiple pregnancies were to be expected in marriage. And the deaths of infants and children, so...
From: In the Words of Women on 26 Oct 2015

“What shall we do with such a tribe of Girls?”

Continuing the correspondence between the Maryland cousins: Molly Tilghman sent a newsy letter to Polly Pearce at the end of January 1789. Tho’ I got your Letter, my dear Polly, at eleven o’Clock this morning, and have been earnestly wishing...
From: In the Words of Women on 3 Sep 2015

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