VI. SHE ought not to be an Ignorant, Stupid, Indolent,
or a dull Person; and especially not incapable of conceiving Matters
distinctly, or judging of Things aright: Neither ought she be a
Self-Indulger, Slothful, or Lazy; nor a Light, Dissolute,
or Daring Person: She ought not to be inconsiderate,
negligent, or forgetful; nor proud, passionate, or
obstinate: Neither peevish, morose, or surly; nor fearful,
doubtful, or wavering-minded: neither ought she to be
a Tipler or Drunkard, nor a Tatler or Vagabond,
nor a covetous, or mercenary Person.
BUT on the other Hand, in the Affirmative, S H E (First)
ought to be a Woman of a good middle Age, of solid Parts,
of full Experience, of a healthy, strong, and vigorous
Body, with clever small Hands: Since nothing can be more agreeable
and conductive to the Art of MIDWIFERY, than slender
Hands, long Fingers, and a ready Feeling.
II. SHEought to be Grave and Considerate, endued
with Resolution and Preference of Mind, in order to forsee
and prevent ACCIDENTS; Sagacious and Prudent in difficult
Cases, so as not to take All upon her own Shoulders or Judgement,
but to have immediate Recourse to the ablest Practiser in
the A R T, and freely submit her Thoughts
to the discerning Faculty of the more Learned and Skilful.
III. SHE ought to be Watchful, Diligent, and Expert
in all Cases and Conditions that can or may occur; so that no Opportunity
in the Beginning of the LABOUR be lost: Since I
have more than once observ'd, that the Neglect or Mistake
of improving a critical MINUTE, hath cost
the M O T H E R many violent or heavy Pains
afterwards, and the C H I L D also its Life.
For which Reason it is of the greatest Importance, to nick the
Opportunity, conformable to Cato's saying--