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Offline Lyn L

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Re: A Long Pregnancy
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2012, 09:17:48 »
Thanks HB, I'll watch it.

Just hadn't expected men to be doing that job that long ago, especially now when there is still controversy about whether men should be midwives  :) Not that it matters as long as both mum and baby are safe as can be.
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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2012, 23:12:28 »
Lyn L, what a sad end for the woman and indeed strange to have male midwives.

There is a short piece on male midwives in 'Housewives' presented by Lucy Worsley.
See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tl7Abr_le4g&feature=relmfu 3.20 to 5.50.
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« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2012, 09:02:47 »
Lyn L, what a sad end for the woman and indeed strange to have male midwives. It reminds me of the woman in China who carried her baby inside for 60 years and was 92 when she had her baby. These babies are called 'stone babies'  as they pass away in the womb and eventually calcify.
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A Long Pregnancy
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2012, 18:42:20 »
From The General Advertiser, London, England. Issue 5210.  Tuesday 2nd July 1751.

Canterbury June 29th 1751
On Monday the 17th, died after a series of many months in pain, the wife of one HIGHLAND a labourer of Iden Green in the Parish of Benenden, who had been with child for two years and a quarter. On the 19th her Body was open'd by Mr James BECKETT of Cranbrook and William MOTT of Tenterden, Male Midwives:

What is remarkable in this case is, after they had made incision thro' the Peritonaeum, the Foetus presented, quite denudated, it having contrary to Nature perforated it's way entirely thro' the Fundus Uteri, without having any least Appearance either of Placenta, vel Funis Umbilicalis. 'Tis supposed that the Foetus had been in this Situation for upwards of eighteen months.

Male Midwives 1751 ?? but the poor woman.
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