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In England the first male midwives were not recognized until the seventeenth
century . Until then , a physician who was requested by the midwife to assist at a
difficult labour had to creep up on his hands and knees and hide under the
There was a popular belief that there was a special opportunity for midwives to
kill babies at the moment of delivery by thrusting pins through the soft spot , or
fontanelle , into the brain . When a baby was still - born the midwife who
delivered a ...
Where peasant midwives have had the opportunity of learning basic techniques
of cleanliness , it is sometimes possible to harness their skills in giving comfort ,
guidance and emotional support to women alongside a system of modern ...
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A leading social anthropologist examines what being a mother means to a woman as a person, using examples from societies all over the world, and concludes that a great deal of what we call "maternal ... Read full review
Mothercraft or Motherhood?
The Motherhood Trap
Mothers in the Social System
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Ethics and Human Reproduction: A Feminist Analysis
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Don't blame mother: mending the mother-daughter relationship
Paula J. Caplan
Snippet view - 1989