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Carolyn Conant Van Blarcom presented a report for the New York City Committee for the Prevention of Blindness and Infant Welfare Work during the 1914 Fifth Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Study and Prevention of Infant Mortality. In this report, she spoke about the annual meeting of the National Organization for Public Health Nursing 1: THE EARLY VOICES OF MIDWIVES ■ 15 during which midwifery was discussed. She says that “one important outcome of this meeting was the interest shown by the midwives of St.
Prior to the late 18th century, it was extremely rare for a man to be in the lying-in chamber. When the midwife determined that the birth was not going to occur normally, she called for the help of the physician surgeon for him to perform a craniotomy, dismember and extract the fetus—hopefully, before it was too late to prevent the death of the mother. Furthermore, the physician surgeon had to do everything by touch. Often he crawled into the lying-in chamber in dim light. Cushions, blankets, and sheets were arranged in such a way that the woman could not see the person examining her.
Louis College of Midwifery was the fourth school and existed from 1895 to 1909. 51 The New York State Supreme Court granted the College of Midwifery of New York City the right to confer the diploma of Graduate in Midwifery in 1883. This was a 6-month course including 3 months of lectures and demonstrations conducted in German, French, 14 ■ I: EARLY HISTORY OF MIDWIFERY IN THE UNITED STATES Spanish, as well as English. 52 The Playfair School of Midwifery was established in 1896 in Chicago and conferred a diploma in midwifery.