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A Collection of Cases and Observations in Midwifery (Volume Two)
Smellie, William
Published by Printed for D. Wilson & T. Durham, London
Location of original: Countway Rare Books, Harvard University
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Of lingering or tedious LABOURS
From the rigidity of the membranes when pushed down with the waters.
In the year 1743, about seven in the evening, I was called to a patient whose pains were pretty strong. The mouth of the womb was largely open, the head presented at the upper part of the Pelvis, and, as usual, rested against the superior part of the Os Pubis; and during every pain, a small quantity of waters pushed down the membranes at the back part of the Pelvis. I waited to see if the child’s head would advance, and though the Os Internum was fully open, would not venture to break the membranes, because when I attended her at the birth of her first child, in the preceding year, the labour was lingering and tedious from the large size of the head, even though it had advanced farther, and the membranes were broke. I was therefore loath to break them, until the head should come lower down; and the continued without any
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