nagia: (Default)
YOUR CHILDREN DESERVE LEXCORP JETPACKS ([personal profile] nagia) wrote2013-03-02 02:14 am

Fun and entertaining midwifery notes for "Breathe and Blow Life"

The following midwifery regulations were part of the Isei of 1874:

First: The sanba must be more than 40 years old and knowledgeable in general anatomy, physiology and pathology of women and children. Students who have acquired certificates from obstetricians or gynecologists under whom they apprenticed (after having performed two normal labors in front of the doctors) are examined and certified to practice midwifery.

Second: Midwives should not treat women if they are handed to obstetricians or physician. However they should carry out their practice by themselves when it is so emergent that doctors do not have sufficient time to come on time. Also midwives are forbidden to use obstetrical instruments. If it is the case, the midwives should report to the office of medical affairs according to the provisional 49 of the rule.

Third: The midwives are forbidden to deal with drugs.

So my potential midwives are pretty much all going to be female and in their forties, with at least some medical training and a past history of successful childbirths. No

Concept prior to sanba was toriageba. Essentially women -- stereotyped as old, drunk, and unclean -- who secluded the mother and handled this awful, messy, horrible thing in private. Someone raised in a pre-1868 culture (Okina, possibly Aoshi?) may still mentally tar the sanba with the reputation of the toriageba.

Post a comment in response:

Identity URL: 
Account name:
If you don't have an account you can create one now.
HTML doesn't work in the subject.


If you are unable to use this captcha for any reason, please contact us by email at

Notice: This account is set to log the IP addresses of everyone who comments.
Links will be displayed as unclickable URLs to help prevent spam.