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Barnes, Dame (Alice) Josephine Mary Taylor (1912–1999), obstetrician and gynaecologist, was born in Cliff Road, Sheringham, Norfolk, on 18 August 1912, the first of five children of Walter Wharton Barnes, a Methodist minister from Addingham, Yorkshire, and his wife, Alice Mary, formerly Ibbetson...

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Dame (Alice) Josephine Mary Taylor Barnes (1912–1999) by Nick Sinclair, 1995 © Nick Sinclair; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bethune [née Peebles], Margaret (1820–1887), midwife, was born in Largo, Fife, on 2 October 1820, the only child of Margaret Walker (d. 1874), a linen worker. Her father was Andrew Peebles, a weaver of Lundin Mill. The family was not wealthy, although in 1847 ...

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Margaret Bethune (1820–1887) by unknown photographer Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh

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Cellier, Elizabeth (fl. 1668–1688), midwife, has been linked to the Dormer family of Buckinghamshire, while her enemies claimed that she was a brazier's daughter from Canterbury. Cellier said that she converted to Catholicism out of loyalty to the crown, after her father and brother died on the same day during the civil war. Nothing is known of her training as a midwife, although from her writings it appears that she owned ...

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D'Arcy, Dame Constance Elizabeth (1879–1950), obstetrician and gynaecologist, was born on 1 June 1879 at Rylstone, New South Wales, the fifth daughter and the youngest of the ten children of Murty D'Arcy, a sergeant of police, and his wife, Bridget Synnott. She passed the senior public examination from ...

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Eaves [née Willis], Mary Ann (1805/6–1875), midwife, was born in Coventry, Warwickshire, where she married, at St Michael's parish church, on 16 July 1825, Charles Eaves (1803–1874), a silk weaver, the son of Charles Eaves, also a weaver. The couple settled in ...

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Gregory, Alice Sophia (1867–1946), midwife, was born on 22 November 1867 at St Mary's Parsonage, Princes Road, Lambeth, the youngest of three daughters of Robert Gregory (1819–1911), Church of England clergyman, later dean of St Paul's, and his second wife, Charlotte Anne, daughter of ...

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Kennon, Sidney (d. 1754), midwife and collector, whose family background and education are obscure, distinguished herself initially in her services to the royal family, especially to Queen Caroline and Augusta, princess of Wales. The infant George III was delivered by her. Kennon was highly respected for her professional acumen and, at the time of her death, could command ...

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Kent, Frances (d. 1685), midwife, was probably born some time between 1615 and 1640. The details of her birth as well as her maiden name are unknown. Her husband was John Kent of Reading, a clothier and a Quaker, who survived her by two years. The ...

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Lloyd [née Shufflebotham], Dame Hilda Nora (1891–1982), gynaecologist and obstetrician, was born on 11 August 1891 at 170 Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, the younger daughter of John Shufflebotham (d. 1937), a master grocer, and his wife, Emma Amelia Jenkins. She was a foundation scholar at ...

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McIlroy, Dame (Anne) Louise (1878–1968), obstetrician and gynaecologist, was born at Lavin House, co. Antrim, Ireland, daughter of James McIlroy, general practitioner of Ballycastle, co. Antrim. Her sister, Janie Hamilton McIlroy, became a specialist in ophthalmology. Louise McIlroy graduated MB ChB at Glasgow University...

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Myles [née Findlay], Margaret Fraser [Maggie] (1892–1988), midwife, was born at 52 Spital, Aberdeen, on 30 December 1892, the daughter of Robert Fraser Findlay, journeyman house painter, and his wife, Mary, née McDougall. Her father was a native of Aberdeen; her mother, who had been brought up in ...

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Nihell, Elizabeth (b. 1723), midwife, was born in London. She studied midwifery at the Hôtel-Dieu in Paris under Marie-Claude Pour for two years during the late 1740s. As a foreigner she had great difficulty getting admitted there as an apprentice, but eventually succeeded with assistance from the ...

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Paget, Dame (Mary) Rosalind (1855–1948), nurse and midwife, was born on 4 January 1855 at Greenbank, Liverpool, in the home of her grandfather, William Rathbone (1787–1868) [see under Rathbone, William (1757-1809)], whose daughter Elizabeth married John Paget (1811–1898), a London police magistrate, author, and an ardent whig, who had joined the ...

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Dame (Mary) Rosalind Paget (1855–1948) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Patridge, Dorothy (fl. 1694), midwife and student in astrology, is a shadowy and perhaps fictitious person known only from The Woman's Almanack, for the Year 1694. The title page, illustrated with a crude woodcut of the author, explained that the work contained 'many choice, useful, pleasant, and most necessary Observations; adapted to the Capacity of the Female Sex, and not to be found in other Almanacks'. Despite the title it contained no calendar or astronomical data, offering instead monthly advice on health and husbandry, with tips on how to predict the weather, harvest, and the healthiness of the season. These included predictions based on the day on which new year's day fell, critical days in diseases, and weather lore based on the behaviour of birds and animals. Many of the monthly observations concerned sexual matters, such as the note for April: 'This Month Venus is very rampant; get a lusty Husband, least worse befal the' (...

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Puxon [née Hale], (Christine) Margaret (1915–2008), gynaecologist, obstetrician, and barrister, was born at 15 High Street, West Bromwich, Staffordshire, on 25 July 1915, the daughter of Reginald Wood Hale (1884–1971), iron merchant, and his wife, Clara Lilian, née Poulton (1887–1948). She was brought up in ...