Meddling Mothers and mediated midwives:
Veale, Kathryn Mallary
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Midwifery scholarship relies heavily on early modern medical or ecclesiastical sources, which limited what historians can know about the other half of the midwives’ story: the women who gave birth. This article examines the records of several different maternity and lying-in charities to better understand the experiences of poor women and partition mid-eighteenth century. The maternity charities’ records revealed the complex relationships between midwives, their patients, and the charity that reinforced emerging ideas about the scientific categorization of women, while also providing continuity within obstetric care during the professionalization of midwifery during the Georgian period.