How to be a midwife in late nineteenth-century Spain
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Midwife19th centurySpainHistoryGranada20th centuryObstretic surgical
ORTIZ GÓMEZ, T.; MARTÍNEZ PADILLA, C. How to be a midwife in late nineteenth-century Spain. En: Marland, H. and Rafferty, A. M. (eds.). Midwives, society and childbirth: debates and controversies in the modern period. London: Routledge, 1997. p. 61-80. [http://hdl.handle.net/10481/22512]
Since the mid-eighteenth century Spanish midwifery has been shaped along gender lines, differentiating between male theory, obstetric surgical science, and mostly female parctice, in one of the few professions carried out by women. After the mid-eighteenth century surgeons, the physicians, and the local authorities governed the profession between them. In this chapter we shall analyse the changes that took place with respect to access to the profession throughout the nineteenth century, and the practice of midwifery in the city of Granada at the beginning of the twentieth century.