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Birthing Tales Les récits de naissance

Birthing Tales

in French medical works c.1500-1650

This is a companion site to my 2013 book Pregnancy and Birth in Early Modern France. Treatises by caring physicians and surgeons (1581-1625), translation and critical edition of Rousset, Liebault, Guillemeau, Duval and de Serres, (Iter Press University of Toronto).

Forthcoming research event:
Knowledge Exchange project with Archivist of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gyanecologists, London, and with De Partu: Celebrating 500 years of pregnancy and birth: click here for more details and for booking form for study day on 4th September 2015.

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« About nine years ago, I was called to deliver a gentlewoman who came the Anjou region, who was only in her seventh or eighth month of pregnancy. I found her in full labour, she was kneeling for the delivery as women in her region do […]. As soon as the child was born, I was preparing to deliver the placenta, but found another child who presented feet first, whom I pulled out. »

Louise Bourgeois, midwife, Observations, 1609

Valerie Worth-Stylianou

Trinity College, University of Oxford

 

valerie.worth@trinity.ox.ac.uk

research website: users.ox.ac.uk/~lady2159

Récits de Naissance

dans les ouvrages français de médecine de 1500 à 1650

Ce site vous permettra de découvrir l’évolution de mes recherches depuis la parution de mon livre Les Traités d'obstétrique en langue française au seuil de la modernité, (Droz, 2007).

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« Je fuz appellée il y a environ neuf ans, pour accoucher une Damoiselle du pays d’Anjou, laquelle n’estoit grosse que de sept mois huict moys. Je la trouvay en grand travail, elle accouchoit en la façon de son pays à genoux […]. Si tost qu’elle fut accouchée, la voulant delivrer, je trouvay un autre enfant qui se presentoit les pieds devant, lequel je tiray. »

Louise Bourgeois, sage-femme, Observations, 1609

Valerie Worth-Stylianou

Trinity College, University of Oxford

 

valerie.worth@trinity.ox.ac.uk

publications : users.ox.ac.uk/~lady2159