Schrader, Catharina Geertuida (1656–1745)

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Schrader, Catharina Geertuida (1656–1745)

German-Dutch midwife. Born 1656 in Bentheim, Germany; died 1745; m. Ernst Cramer, 1683 (died 1692); m. Thomas Hight, 1713 (died 1721); children: 6.

Moved with husband to Friesland; after his death, moved to Dokkum and began to practice as midwife; built up substantial practice and by retirement at 88 had attended 3,060 deliveries; wrote Notebook which stressed traditional skills and discouraged use of instruments and manual intervention in births.