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MISTRESS OF HER PROFESSION CCOLONIAL MIDWIVES OF SYDNEY 1788-1901

MISTRESS OF HER PROFESSION CCOLONIAL MIDWIVES OF SYDNEY 1788-1901

by  Lesley Potter

Anchor Books (August 2017)

ISBN 9780648061601

Dr Lesley Potter’s book weaves the stories of nine midwives into an account of the development of midwifery training in New South Wales. These women’s lives span the nineteenth century and provide a fascinating perspective of maternity care and life in colonial Sydney. Before any official midwifery training was instigated in New South Wales numerous women worked as midwives. In the days of secret abortions and baby farming, before modern medical procedures saved the lives of thousands of women and babies, midwives emerged from the ranks of convicts and free immigrants as entrepreneurs. Their business activities, attitudes, work ethic and experiences formed the foundations that helped to shape midwifery for future generations

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