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Midwifery bag, United Kingdom, 1866-1900

Destructive and non-destructive instruments are contained in this leather bag. It belonged to a male midwife. The tools were used during childbirth. The obstetric forceps were standard delivery tools. Others, such as the perforators, were destructive. Also in the bag are apparatus for anaesthesia and seven glass jars containing medication. These included chloroform and brandy. The obstetrician may have also carried opium and ergotamine. Opium relieved pain and ergotamine stopped the bleeding.

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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: obstetric instrument set

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Glossary: midwifery bag

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Glossary: ventouse

A device assisting the delivery of the foetus during childbirth as an alternative to forceps or caesarean section. It is also known as vacuum extraction. A cup attaches to the baby’s head and a vacuum pump and a small handle are used for pulling once the cup is securely in place.