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
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.
as well as the handiness of performance, and especially a kind of unction of...
1670: The Hôtel Dieu in Paris was given letters...
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.