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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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sleep or rest, subject to pretty severe pains at the interval of five or six minutes, till about seven in the morning, when, in spite of all my care to prevent her being fatigued, and the encouragement of the family-physician who was present, her spirits began to flag, she exclaimed she should die before delivery, and the friends seemed anxious and uneasy about the situation. During all this time, the head had not advanced in the least, nor were the membranes with the waters farther pushed down. I introduced my finger into the Vagina, and after two or three unsuccessful attempts, burst them during a strong pain, by which means a large quantity of water was discharged , and the head forced to the middle of the Pelvis. This being effected, she soon delivered of a fine child, though smaller than the former.
In the year 1745, about three in the morning, I was called by a midwife to a woman in labour of her first child. I understood that the pains had been strong and frequent, and that the friends were uneasy, recourse was had to my advice and
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