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Sarah Stone, A Complete Practice of Midwifery
Sarah Stone learned midwifery in Bristol from her mother, also a midwife. Sarah's husband was probably an apothecary. She believed that midwives should learn as much as possible about anatomy and other medical knowledge. Working in London, she taught her daughter who carried on in her mother's footsteps. Quote from page XIII


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2. How did Stone feel about birth instruments?

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  The PREFACE xiii

whom I am well assured there are Many sufferers both Mothers and Children; yea, infants have been born alive, with their brains working our of their heads: occasioned, by the too common use of Instruments: which I never found but very little use to be made of, in all my Practice. I have had the opportunity of going through a great number of difficult Labours, living in and near Taunton, a place where there was no Man-Midwife, and a town wholly depending on the Woolen Manufactory, the combing and weaving part, which Many Women are bred to there; and, I believe, has been the occasion of many Wrong Births and Bad Labours, such I was obliged to be near, among the poorer sort of Women. And as I never

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