Another book arrived by post for the Midwif collection, The Midwives of Seventeenth-century London by Doreen Evenden. Quickly flipping through, I noticed two appendices which are midwives’ oaths.
Women have always been healers. They were the unlicensed doctors and anatomists of western history. They were abortionists, nurses and counsellors. they were pharmacists, cultivating healing herbs and exchanging the secrets of their uses. They were midwives, travelling from home … Read More