The publication names/author/year are in the URL for each image above - clicking will give a slightly larger version.
These are just random images from a few sites. Come the revolution when I'm installed as Book Digitizing Emperor, first job after putting website frame coders up on telegraph poles will be to decree that all the early obstetrical text books be made available online.
The quote above comes from the preface to the english edition (The Byrth of Mankynde or The Womans Booke) of Eucharius Rösslin's groundbreaking treatise on birth and midwifery from 1513, Der Swangern Frawen und Hebamen Rosengarten. [Rösslin is misspelt in the URLs above]
- University of Kansas Clendening History of Medicine Library and Museum rare text images on reproduction.
- Case Western Reserve University Dittrick History Medical Center Obstetric Literature and the Changing Character of Childbirth.
- University of Glasgow Library Special Collection's Books for Women.
- Some random other images (this last one is definitely not safe for work, if Frida Kahlo's non-subtle birth depiction is considered outside the scope of art)
- This site - The Doe Report - is a great resource for today's state of the art illustrations - all facets of anatomy and not just gynaecology/obstetrics
- Pitt University's Multiple Births in Legend and Folklore
- A Short History of Midwifery
- History of Midwifery Timline
- A History of Midwifery in Pictures (sorry, it's geocities but still pretty good)
- University of Pennsylvania's A Century of Obstetrics
- A Midwife's Tale - PBS.
- Indiana University's Midwives and Maternity Care in the Roman World
- University of Manitoba's Dying to Have a Baby - A History of Childbirth.