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Haemostatic set, London, England, 1871-1900

Postpartum bleeding is the expulsion of excess blood, mucus and tissue after giving birth. This pocket haemostatic set attempts to control it. The kit derives its name from a medical term for blood, ‘haem’, and a word for stopping, ‘static’. The kit contains forceps, catheter, director and scoop, thread and three bottles. The forceps and thread were for the umbilical cord. One of the bottles was for liquid extract of ergot which was frequently used in midwifery from the early 1800s to contract the uterus. The set was manufactured by Coxeter, London.

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Glossary: obstetrics

A branch of medicine dealing with the care of women. This care occurs during pregnancy, childbirth, and the period of recovery from childbirth.

Glossary: haemostatic set

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