Participants experience how one learned the skills and abilities required to become a midwife (by identifying medicinal plants and preparing simple remedies).
The midwife's duties would consist of gynecology, obstetrics, pharmacy, nursing, and grief counseling – she performed all aspects of medicine in the 18th century – except for surgery. This program will also hint at the occupational comparisons of apothecaries, physicians, and man-midwives.
“This is a great way to truly understand how medicine and science has brought us into the 21st century,” said Executive Director Patti Violette, “After you experience this program, you will marvel at our great strides in medicinal technology since the 18th century. We will have hands-on activities creating soothing herbal remedies. Most of the items that we will use are probably already stored in your own kitchen!”
Patti Violette is the Executive Director of the Shirley-Eustis House in Boston.