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November 27, 1897

THE MIDWIFE QUESTION IN AMERICA.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(22):1089-1093. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440480005001a

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Abstract

Presenting to your consideration a subject so generally avoided or neglected as is the midwife question, needs no defense, for there are many indications that its importance is becoming generally recognized. In Germany the improvement of the midwife class has recently attracted much attention, as evidenced by the propositions concerning the repetition courses, the periodic examinations, the lengthening of the terms of study, the improvement in the condition of the midwife, and the proposals for establishing pensions for superannuated members of the body. In France, new terms of study and new regulations have been established. In England, a persistent effort is being made by some of our most eminent colleagues to secure a registration and regulation of midwives by means of an act of parliament. In this country, the Boards of Health of a few States are endeavoring to check some of the evils of unregulated midwife practice and irresponsible

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