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However, the colonial midwives were, by and large, from England struggling to survive in a strange new land under rudimentary conditions. Information about the developments in medical science or the writings of the French and German midwives would not have been available for study by the female colonial midwives of the same time period. ■ STUDY ABROAD FOR PHYSICIANS AND THEIR TAKEOVER OF MIDWIFERY IN THE UNITED STATES It was a diﬀerent story, however, for men. There were no medical schools in colonial days.
Ehrenreich and English conclude that the witch-craze “was a calculated ruling class campaign of terrorization” (p. 8). They write that midwives were particularly strongly associated with witches as the only healers available to a populace who were “bitterly aﬄicted with poverty and disease,” include a quote that “No one does more harm to the Catholic church than midwives” (p. 11), and explain why peasant female healers were such a threat to the church (p. 12). , p. 5. / Region Section. Sharon A.
Carpentier’s School of Midwives, which opened in 1854. In 1874, the school was incorporated as the St. Louis School of Midwives. Although midwife Mrs. Carpentier remained aﬃliated with the school, it was now under the management of physicians. Classes were taught in both German and English. The purpose of the school was to serve working-class women and prepare midwives who would “conduct natural labor cases and not go beyond this” . . 50 The second school was the Missouri School of Midwifery, which opened in 1875 and closed in 1911 and also oﬀered a separate course for physicians.
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