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Catherina Schrader (1656–1746): the memoirs of a Friesian midwife
  1. P M Dunn
  1. Correspondence to:
    Professor Dunn
    Department of Child Health, University of Bristol, Southmead Hospital, Southmead, Bristol BS10 5BN, UK;


Catherina Schrader, a Dutch midwife practicing 300 years ago, left records of some 4000 deliveries, 95% of which were spontaneous without intervention. The corrected maternal mortality was 4.6/1000 and perinatal mortality 54/1000 births.

  • midwifery
  • history

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