Friday, April 19, 2019

Stitched Obstetric Models for Midwives

Angelique-Marguerite du Coudray (1712-1789) completed her medical training and exams just before the French authorities banned instruction of female midwives.  In 1759 she was commissioned by the king to instruct midwifery to peasant women in an attempt to reduce infant mortality. To aid in the instruction Angelique-Marguerite created stitched models including a full-size obstetric model made of fabric, leather and stuffing which she called "the machine".

Link: Thread, Fashion and Costume

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