Mistress of her Profession: Colonial Midwives of Sydney 1788-1901

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 192 pages
Author: L. Potter
Year: 2017
ISBN: 9780648061601
Other: colour photos, appendixes, bibliog, index
Publisher: Anchor Books Australia

Before any official midwifery training was instigated in New South Wales, numerous women worked as midwives. Many were untrained and practised independently but a few had overseas midwifery qualifications which gave them prestige in the practise of their craft.

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.

This book weaves the stories of nine midwives into an account of the development of midwifery training in New South Wales. The women's lives span the nineteenth century and provide a fascinating perspective of maternity care and life in colonial Sydney. 

List of Illustrations
Case study 1. Sarah Ann Hopkins
1. Conversing with the past
2. Aboriginal birthing
Case Study 2. Biddy Lewis
3. Nineteenth century context to midwifery work
Case study 3. Margaret Picken and Euphemia Maudsley
4. Maternity care at the Female Factory, Parramatta
Case study 4. Mary Mumford
5. The beginnings of maternity care in Sydney
Case study 5. Jane Sims
6. Colonial law and midwives at inquests
7. The dark side of midwifery practice
Case study 6. Annie Lever 
8. Midwifery as a commercial enterprise
Case study 7. Madame de Saint Remy
9. Training schools for midwives in Sydney
Case study 8. Elizabeth Turnley
10. Legislation and registration of midwives
Appendices: overseas trained midwives
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