SHE-LOGY: This is a feature of the story written by the gracious blogger Maria of mariaholm51 for She-logy. It is about a mother of 8 kids, a personal friend of hers, and the amazing story of their family.
I added the two other women to make it a She-logy.
NINA. I was truly amazed by the story of her family in Sweden. Nina and her husband, Tobbe, raised 8 kids, now ranging from 14 to 30 years old. That alone is a feat!
But what is amazing about their family goes beyond that. Nina and her husband raised the kids with love and discipline and individual attention to the building of their character and talents. The kids grew up with compassion, involved in their community and charity. They also developed their artistic talents. ALL of them have developed their musical talents ranging from musical instruments to opera and ballet. They are easily the Trapp family of Sweden.
Read about this amazing story in Maria’s blog: Nina Blad a mother of eight.
MARIA. Nina’s story is a reminder of another favorite family of the well-loved The Sound of Music. This Julie Andrews movie (as well as the preceding book and Broadway show) was based on an actual family in Austria famously known as the Trapp Family Singers.
The Baron von Trapp have 7 children when he married Maria, and together they have 3. The family, with all the 10 children, performed at concerts and eventually became a popular touring act, while experiencing life under the Nazis, until they left Austria, and traveled to Italy then to the US.
They soon toured the world giving concert performances during World War II. After the war, they founded the Trapp Family Austrian Relief fund, which sent food and clothing to people impoverished in Austria.
Maria received awards since recognizing her as outstanding mother and woman, for her ‘endurance and great accomplishment’.
MARY. For this set, I wanted to feature a pioneer woman in the history of obstetrics and gynecology. Throughout history, women had been attendants during the actual childbirth, hence the term of the profession being “midwife”. But as with most medical science history, the physicians that pioneered in this field were all male. Up to the 18th century, the physician role was exclusively held by men who went to university, an overly male institution, who would theorize anatomy and the reproduction process based on theological teaching and philosophy. Thus, it was difficult to find a woman’s name.
The only female name I found in the relevant histories is that of Mary Donally. She was an Irish midwife who performed a successful emergency caesarian section in 1738. It wasn’t the first documented successful operation, but it was the first in the British Isles.
It is very interesting how extremely male is the history of ob-gyn, despite it revolving around a very female act which is child birth. For centuries, the science and care for birthing and the reproductive health of women were in the hands of men. It makes me wonder how different it would have been had there been no gender limitations in medical science history and women were able to be more involved not only in midwifery but in the overall health of women.
SHE-LOGY is a blog project open to everyone who is interested to celebrate women this whole month of March. If you’re reading this, I extend that invitation to you to contribute post/s about the women you’d like to honor. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for reading this.