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From: "Lynda Gear" <>
Subject: [nz] Midwives pre-1900
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2008 12:18:45 +1200

I'm also interested in knowing about midwives of this era. My
g-grandmother's name was Ann Mcqueen KIDD nee ALEXANDER. She was a
self-taught nurse and midwife in the West Coast district in the late
1800's/early 1900's. The Kidds lived mainly in small mining
communities and most had no doctor. She would also lay out dead
bodies and would take her young daughter along to help.

One story goes that when Ann's grandson was born he was very sick and
they could not get him to breathe. He was premature and weighed only
two and a half pounds. Ann put him under the kitchen tap and ran warm
water over his face; after two minutes of this he cried. She oiled
him, wrapped him in cheesecloth, tucked him under her coat and took
him to her home, which was just along the road. This grandson lived
to be in his nineties.


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