Community midwives were an essential part of our community, and were remarkable characters.

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The Howdies from : https://www.facebook.com/pg/redruairidhkilts/posts/
Mrs McDonald, a midwife in Invercreran, Argyll
Before 1915, midwifery was carried out by an assortment of untrained howdies, unregulated nurses and midwives with various degrees of training. Instruction ranged from attending lectures, physician-led courses, learning from another midwife, and teaching in the few maternity hospitals.
Mrs McDonald, a midwife in Invercreran, Argyll
Lying-In’ hospitals had been established in Edinburgh in 1793 and 1824, and in Glasgow in 1834. In 1879, the oldest of the Edinburgh institutions became the Edinburgh Royal Maternity and Simpson Memorial Hospital funded by a collection to commemorate Sir James Young Simpson’s contribution to obstetrics. Aberdeen General Dispensary, Vaccine and Lying-In Hospital appointed qualified midwives from 1892 and Dundee Royal Infirmary added a maternity ward in 1898. Dr Elsie Inglis established another maternity hospital in Edinburgh in 1901. Some Scottish midwives also trained in England and Ireland.

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