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The Court Midwife

Justine Siegemund


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.

Keywords: midwifery, obstetrics, social pressures, obstetrical texts, Germany

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780226757087
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226757100.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Justine Siegemund, author