from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A woman who renders professional aid to women in labor; a midwife.
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Although the term obstetrix here seems to have applied to female medical practitioners in general, it also more often specifically denoted a woman who assisted pregnant women. back
Later in the same chapter (p. 76), Thomas made another reference to the inaccessibility of midwives (si obstetrix gnara scientie obstetricandi inventa non fuerit) and provided advice on how to handle difficult births, suggesting that pepper be placed near the mother's mouth and nose in order to induce sneezing. back
Fuit autem, ea pariente, unus dedit manum, et accepit obstetrix, et ligavit ad manum ejus coccinum, dicendo, Iste egressus est prior.
Guit autem, ea difficultatem patiente dum pareret, dixit ei obstetrix, Ne timeas, wuia etiam iste tibi filius.
Malpositions are to be corrected by the hand of the midwife (_obstetrix_).
Qui tu scis? an tu fortasse fuisti meae matri obstetrix, qui id tam audacter dicere audes?
She was soon afterwards delivered of a son, who died immediately, quod obstetrix corrupta mercede, mox natum praesecto plusquam convenerat umbilico necavit.