Elizabeth Nihell

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Standard Name: Nihell, Elizabeth
Birth Name: Elizabeth
Married Name: Elizabeth Nihell
Self-constructed Name: Professed Midwife
EN is a mid-eighteenth-century medical writer, a forceful, though a late voice in the feminist struggle to keep childbirth in female hands.
Print of an elderly Elizabeth Nihell, published the year she would have turned one hundred. She wears a cap covering her whole head and a heavy shawl. The inscription below reads "Elizabeth Nihel, Sage Femme", and gives her birth date. "Sage femme" is French for midwife: the image comes from "Biographie des Sages femmes célèbrées", 1833.
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Author summary Jane Sharp
JS , who published in 1671, stands in a line of militant midwife-writers, close to Elizabeth Cellier before her and followed after a longer lapse of time by Elizabeth Nihell . Like theirs, her text is proto-feminist.

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