Women in STEM advent calendar: Day 5 – Louise Bourgeois Boursier

This winter, we are celebrating the festive season by honouring 25 amazing women in STEM, some of which you might not know of!

Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois Boursier

Midwife and obstetrician
1563 – 1636

Midwife to the French aristocracy, Louise Bourgeois delivered over 2000 babies. She wrote the first treatise on midwifery, which was widely translated and highly influential. She established the basic principles of midwifery, and described how to handle difficult deliveries and treat common gestational ailments. She also called for training to be improved, teaching several students herself.

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