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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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wife to indulge her in her repose, and when the pains should return, to let the labour proceed in a flow and wasy manner, allowing time for the head to stretch the Vagina and external parts; and I told her, that the patient being strong and healthy, nothing else was necessary, but that she should frequently drink weak cawdle, broth or barley water, to encourage and support a plentiful perspiration. I was afterwards informed, that she slept several hours, and upon the return of the pains was safely delivered by the midwife.
I the year 1750, I attended a gentle woman, though not in labour of her first child, who suffered all the complaints describing in the preceding case, except the flooding. By my advice, she lest eight ounces of blood, and was immediately relieved: but the labour being retarded by the rigidity of the membranes, though the child’s head was pretty far advanced in the Pelvis, they were broke, and in two or three pains after, the woman was delivered.
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