Mrs Jane Sharp: a pioneering midwife discovered

by Jenna Townend   Mrs Jane Sharp. The name is innocuous enough, but this seventeenth-century midwife was undeniably a pioneer of women’s involvement in the dissemination of printed textual knowledge concerning obstetrics and the practice of midwifery in the seventeenth century. Until the publication of her text, The Midwives Book: or The Whole Art of…