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Written by Suze
(9/23/2013 11:41 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mary was 'brought to bed'..., penned by Mandy N
...I thought it appropriate to ask the questions I did, Myretta. This was an extremely important topic in Georgian and Regency times - Jane Austen's times. Indeed, Jane wrote about such in her letters - a great deal more than she did in her novels. (This does function, however, as a caveat/reminder that her novels were more about society, not historical events or scientific advancements. I shall give this topic brief shrift - oh, did I mention that I'm a writer...?) And Mandy gave me exactly the information and suggestions I needed.
Thank you, Mandy: you did an excellent job! The vocabulary is most helpful. I will check out BarbaraB's postings about the gowns. Re: forceps, I did find information in a book "The Gentleman's Daughter" by Amanda Vickery about why they began to use accoucheurs/male midwives: that they preferred the trained man and his forceps during an obstructed delivery to the other more gruesome "techniques" and instruments of the midwife (pages 94-95, et al.)
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