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Lying-in hospital
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1. General remarks

The lying-in hospital was a clinical establishment primarily for single mothers (Ledige) to give birth in that became widespread in many parts of Europe from the mid-18th century on. In Germany, it acquired the primary function of providing practical teaching and training for midwives, surgeons, and doctors (Medic). Other names for it included maternité in French, and Accouchieranstalt or Accouchier-Hospital in German, from the …

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Keunecke, Susanne, “Lying-in hospital”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 28 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019636>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801

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