Tending mothers and the fruits of the womb : the work of the midwife in the early modern German city / by Gabrielle Robilliard.

Robilliard, Gabrielle [Browse]
Stuttgart : Frank Steiner Verlag, 2017.
309 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.


  • Medizin, Gesellschaft und Geschichte. Beiheft ; 64. [More in this series]
  • Medizin, Gesellschaft und Geschichte: Jahrbuch des Instituts für Geschichte der Medizin der Robert Bosch Stiftung. Beiheft, 0941-5033 ; 64
Based on the author's thesis (doctoral)--University of Warwick, 2011.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-303) and indexes.
  • List of figures and tables
  • Acknowledgements
  • Glossary of German and medical terms
  • Introduction
  • Midwifery in leipzig
  • Histories of midwifery
  • Midwifery and enlightenment
  • Time and place : leipzig, 1650-1810
  • Sources
  • Overview
  • Midwifery, the city and the state between tradition and reform
  • Regulating midwifery from the middle ages to the reformation
  • From oath to instruction : midwifery regulation in Leipzig
  • Midwifery and the state
  • Reforming midwifery in Leipzig, c. 1650-1740
  • Conclusions
  • The midwifery landscape
  • Sworn midwives
  • Beifrauen (sworn apprentices)
  • Wickelweiber (swaddling women)
  • Gassenmagde (female street servants)
  • Healers and nurses
  • Appointing midwives
  • The changing structure of the midwifery landscape
  • Life-cycle, the household oeconomy and the meaning of midwifery work
  • The data
  • Age : the demise of maturity
  • Marriage and motherhood : from matron to working mother
  • Socio-economic milieus : the artisan midwife
  • Midwifery, family and household
  • Midwifery and the household oeconomy : the forces of poverty
  • Midwifery as a family tradition
  • The social and ideological meaning of midwifery
  • The moral economy of midwifery
  • The moral economy as a dialogue
  • Encroachment and the moral economy of early modern work
  • Patterns of encroachment
  • Midwives, clients and trust
  • The social and geographical patterns of client networks
  • Midwifery : a matter of trust
  • Mistrust : midwives, illegitimacy and infanticide
  • Defending a clientele, defining a client
  • Midwives, medical men and clients : demarcating the parameters of midwifery practice
  • Defining midwifery in medical discourses
  • Childbed maladies and childbed practitioners : the parameters of midwifery practice
  • Midwives, accoucheurs and the power of the 'patient'
  • The practice of municipal man-midwifery
  • 'Natural' and 'unnatural' births
  • Turning point? booking the accoucheur
  • The 'difficult birth' of clinical midwifery
  • Maternity hospitals in Germany and Europe
  • The stadtaccoucheur plans a 'hebammeninstitut'
  • Midwifery in the lazarette
  • Renewing plans for a 'hebammeninstitut'
  • The triersches institut
  • Conclusion
  • Appendices
  • Bibliography
  • Indices.
  • 9783515116688 ((paperback))
  • 3515116680 ((paperback))
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  • 9783515116688
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