In Memory of Ann Eliot, Colonial American Midwife

Ann Eliot (born Hannah Mumford or Mountford) was a midwife in Roxbury, Massachusetts, just outside Boston, during the Colonial era in America. After she died on March 22, 1687, her family, friends, and neighbors commemorated her life by erecting a special monument for her. In a unanimous resolution, they voted to do so: “Mrs. Eliot, for the great service that she hath done this town, will be honored with a burial there.” (qtd. in Gregory 1857, 27). At the time of her death, she had attended more than 3000 births.

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Supporting Sexual Abuse Survivors in Childbirth

One in three women in the US has experience childhood sexual abuse. This article provides information key to supporting these women during all parts of the childbearing year.

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Mary Hobry: A Midwife and a Murder Mystery in Seventeenth-century London

Another of Jane Beal’s fascinating tales of the life of a midwife from the past, who faced the kind of violence we still see to this day.

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“Desco da parto” The Birth Tray and Its Cultural Significance in Renaissance Italy

This article describes painted, wooden birth trays of Renaissance Italy and how the tradition strengthened social bonds.

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Managing GBS

The goal of managing group B streptococcus (GBS) is prevention of maternal chorioamnionitis and neonatal infection (such as respiratory disease, general sepsis or meningitis). Careful management helps to protect life and health. There are various ways to manage GBS, which we can consider and apply appropriately in midwifery practice.

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Stop Cutting

Others have made this point before, but it bears repeating: Female genital mutilation takes place in the developed world on a large scale in the form of medically unnecessary episiotomies and caesarean sections, or what could be classified as FGM Types 5 and 6.

Catharina Schrader: A Midwife of 18th-Century Friesland

Catharina Schrader, a midwife of Friesland (the northwest region of the Netherlands) practicing in the 1700s, had her doubts about the dignity of her calling. Socially, she was a member of the upper-middle class. She was the daughter of a tailor, yes, but her father served the royal court in Germany.