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Five Women of British East Florida

In the male-dominated historical record of East Florida during the era of the American Revolution, a few women stand out as noteworthy. Most women... The post Five Women of British East Florida appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.


What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “She has been approved of by several Gentlemen of the Profession.” When Mrs. Fisher, a midwife, moved to a new residence in the summer of 1770, she place an advertisement...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 20 Jun 2020

September 9

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Providence Gazette (September 9, 1769). “Recommended by the most noted and skilful Professors of Physic and Chirurgery in America.” A curious advertisement, a testimonial...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 9 Sep 2019

December 27

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (December 27, 1768). “Certificates of which, she can produce from the Gentleman whose Lectures she attended.” When Mrs. Grant...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 27 Dec 2018

November 1

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (November 1, 1768).“Offers his Attendance gratis, to every Person in Charles-Town, whose Circumstances or Situation demand it.”...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 1 Nov 2018

Mothers and Midwives in the 17th Century: A Guest Post by Kate Braithwaite

Mothers and Midwives in the 17th Century by Kate Braithwaite Alice Wandesford was born in Yorkshire in 1627 and in 1651, aged twenty-four, she married William Thornton of East Newton. Alice was soon pregnant and carried the child to term, but it died...
From: The Seventeenth Century Lady on 11 Jul 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


GUEST CURATOR: Samuel Birney What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? New-York Gazette (March 2, 1767).“THE BOSEM, OR, ORIENTAL BALSAM; FOR Preventing the APOPLEXY, SUDDEN DEATH, &c.” Today’s advertisement...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 2 Mar 2017

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

The Mama Sherpas (2015) reviewed

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 21 Sep 2015

The impact of ‘unnatural and unreasonable desires’ during pregnancy

I was recently having a chat with my favourite (only) sister @fivefingerfrank about the pressure on modern mothers to be perfect.  Any feelings of failure that we have as parents are exacerbated by a quick look on social media where we feel compelled...
From: The History Fox on 21 Feb 2015

History of Women’s Health Conference, USA, April 2015

What: History of Women’s Health conference Where: The PennsylvaniaHospital, Philadelphia When: 29 April 2015 Deadline for Submissions: 5 December 2014 Themes The History of Women’s Health Conference focuses on areas of women’s health from...
From: Perceptions of Pregnancy on 30 Nov 2014

“I grew weary of my Toil”: Part II

A while ago, I blogged ‘I grew weary of my Toil’ Part I, an account of William Hey’s brutal attempts to extract a dead infant from the body of its mother. You may recall that Hey barely mentioned his patients, except to say that the mother ‘recovered...
From: The History Fox on 3 Nov 2014

The Midwife of St. Giles Cripplegate

This week, I have been a guest blogger for the Perceptions of Pregnancy Network.  Here is a link to the blog post – thank you for inviting me to contribute! The Midwife of St. Giles Cripplegate.
From: The History Fox on 30 Sep 2014

Midwifery II: The Battle for Authority

You may want to check out Midwifery I before continuing... How did the authors present themselves and their practice?  And second, how did they present practitioners of the opposite gender?  Male authorsThe male authors of the English treatises...

Midwifery I: Constructing the 18th Century Midwifery Treatise

Pregnancy and childbirth were, potentially, terrifying prospects in eighteenth century England.  First came several months of nausea and physical distress, followed by decreased mobility and, eventually, the painful experience of childbirth. ...

“I shall be very well, hold your tongue”: finding the voice of the mother in eighteenth-century childbirth.

I have infanticide on the brain at the moment, and not just because my own infants have discovered the joys of bickering. The more cases of infanticide I read as research for the article that I mentioned in my last post, the more hooked I become on them...
From: The History Fox on 23 May 2014

History, Facebook and Call The Midwife

1: A surprise I didn’t expect to be exploring the BBC series Call The Midwife as a catalyst for historical investigation when I started teaching a new second-year module called ‘Culture, Community and the Family in Britain c 1660-1918’ this …...
From: Joanne Bailey Muses on History on 28 Mar 2014

The Will of Frances Hughes, a 17th Century Welsh Midwife

The Last Will and Testament of Frances Hughes of Haverfordwest, MidwifeNational Library of Wales SD/1700/56 Frances Hughes was a midwife and widow who died in Haverfordwest in 1700. The only clues we have of her existence are found in her will, which...
From: and after that the dark on 25 Feb 2014

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