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Furthermore, the physician surgeon had to do everything by touch. Often he crawled into the lying-in chamber in dim light. Cushions, blankets, and sheets were arranged in such a way that the woman could not see the person examining her. If there was too much light and the woman could see that a man was in the room, the examination was done under sheets tied around the physician’s neck so that her body, and especially her perineum, was not exposed to his view. Some colonial midwives became the target of witch hunts.

Although Anne Hutchinson’s earthly voice was silenced, she became immortal through her many influential writer, political, educator, reformist, and historian descendants with powerful political positions and eloquent voices for the equality of women and men. Included in her well-known posterity are Presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt (sixth-generation greatgrandson); George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush (ninth- and tenth-generation 1: THE EARLY VOICES OF MIDWIVES ■ 9 greatgrandsons, respectively); author Eve LaPlante (10th-generation great granddaughter); and Certified Nurse-Midwife Lisa Paine (12th-generation great granddaughter of Anne Hutchinson and 11th-generation great granddaughter of Mary Dyer).

See also Marian F. Cadwallader, “Midwife Training in Georgia: Needs and Problems,” Bulletin of the American College of Nurse-Midwifery 2 (April 1957): 18–23. See, for example, Dolly Pressley Byrd, “Granny Midwives in South Carolina: The State’s Regulation and Education of a Vocational Cadre of Traditional Midwives 1910–1940” (master’s thesis, Yale University School of Nursing, 2001). See, for example, M. com/exhibits/medicine/midwives, accessed July 8, 2012. See, for example, Janet Allured, “In Defense of Granny Women,” Ozarks Watch VIII (1995): 9–11.

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