The Court Midwife

The Court Midwife

Justine Siegemund

Print publication date: 2013

ISBN: 9780226757087

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


First published in 1690, this book made its author the spokesperson for the art of midwifery at a time when most obstetrical texts were written by men. More than a technical manual, it contains descriptions of obstetric techniques of midwifery and its attendant social pressures. The author's visibility as a writer, midwife, and proponent of an incipient professionalism accorded her a status virtually unknown to German women in the seventeenth century. Translated here into English, the book contains birthing scenes, sworn testimonials by former patients, and a brief autobiography.