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Org/2012/05/ coley-mary-francis-hill-2 40. Smith and Holmes, Listen to Me Good, 135. 41. Interorganizational Workgroup on Midwifery Education (IWG), “The Grand Midwife,” Quickening 23 (January/February 1992): 24. 42. Lillian D. Wald was also founder of the Visiting Nurse Service at the Henry Street Settlement, which later became the Visiting Nurse Service of New York City. 43. Lillian D. Wald, The House on Henry Street (New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company, 1915), 57. 44. F. Elisabeth Crowell, “The Midwives of New York,” Charities and the Commons 17 (January 1907): 667–677, 668.

They functioned under medical authority, which kept them from developing as an autonomous profession in Japan, but historian Susan L. S. National Origins Act62 was passed and the Gentleman’s Agreement of 1907 between the United States and the Empire of Japan63 was ended. Organization of midwives into associations during this time period were all local gatherings and none was national in scope. Differences in language, race, ethnicity, culture, plus lack of funding for communication and travel all mitigated against the development of a national organization of midwives.

Healthy women and infants have been closely linked with midwives through the centuries. Midwives were viewed as the caretakers of “life” and did their best to help women give birth to healthy babies. ” The midwives of antiquity lived and worked in the communities they served and knew firsthand the challenges to the health and well-being of mothers and babies that informed their midwifery practice. Midwives of antiquity were also mothers. Phaenarete was the mother of Socrates and a midwife. ”3 The seeds of hygiene, sanitation, and public health can be found in writings about primitive societies.

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