Mother and Child Were Saved is a memoir written by a Protestant midwife, Catharina Schrader, who lived in Germany during the 1600s. Catherina offers an important window into the daily lives and life cycles of non-elite women living in early modern Europe. She documented some 4000 births she attended. Analysis of these records shows 95% of these births were spontaneous, without intervention. The corrected maternal mortality was 4.6/1000 and perinatal mortality 54/1000 births.
Schrader, C. G. (1987). Mother and Child Were Saved: The Memoirs (1693-1740) of the Frisian Midwife Catharina Schrader trans. and annotated by Hilary Marland, with introductory essays by MJ van Lieburg and GJ Kloosterman. Rodopi, Amsterdam. An extract of the book can be found on Google Books.
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Wiesner-Hanks, M. Excerpt from Memoirs by Catharina Schrader, Analyzing personal accounts, World History Commons (On that site, click on ‘Text’ to see the excerpts).