Hôtel Dieu


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Education Elizabeth Nihell
EN had the privilege, unusual for an Englishwoman and only secured through the patronage of a French nobleman, of two years' training in midwifery by the nuns of the Hôtel Dieu in Paris under Marie-Claude Pour
Textual Features Elizabeth Nihell
Male midwifes, she says, lack all the tender feelings it is natural for me to have for my own sex,
Nihell, Elizabeth. A Treatise on the Art of Midwifery. A. Morley, 1760.
as well as the handiness of performance, and especially a kind of unction of...


The Hôtel Dieu in Paris was given letters patent to operate as a sanctuary for abandoned babies; it also operated as a centre for training nurses, run by nuns.