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Edwards of the Montreal Local Council of Women observed in 1900, "Midwifery as a profession for women is almost a thing of the past. "52 Although middle-class women like Edwards and her colleagues in the National Council of Women had long ceased to employ midwives and, as a social class, welcomed the medicalization of childbirth,53 the practice of female midwifery continued to flourish in many rural areas and in some urban working-class neighbourhoods of Canada at the end of the nineteenth century.
27 Like many of her contemporaries, Tilley regarded nursing the sick poor as a branch of organized charity. 29 But what constituted "proper care" and who was qualified to give it? The most "efficient" method of meeting the health needs of the sick poor, Tilley suggested, was to enlist the services of "a corps of trained nurses" whose members, in tandem with a diet and medical dispensary, would care for the poor. " The latter would be prepared by "those in charge of the home," a Board of Women. While the skill of trained nurses was clearly acknowledged in this scheme, their authority as "woman workers" was not.
In contrast to the evangelical charity nursing undertaken by some Council affiliates, district nursing was not intuitive. " But district nurses shared organized women's concern for woman's welfare. In particular, the trained district nurse had "a special mission to the mothers" as a teacher of enlightened maternity and infant care. And, like the HELPERS OR HEROINES ? " No person is so degraded, so destitute, so sunk in the filth and wretchedness, as to be beyond the ministrations of the district nurse.