Javascript must be enabled to view this site.

Read our system requirements.

Obstetrical vectis, United Kingdom, 1801-1900
1 of 1

Obstetrical vectis, United Kingdom, 1801-1900, result 1 of 1

Item Details
Open Artstor
Available to everyone
Obstetrical vectis, United Kingdom, 1801-1900
A vectis altered the position of the baby’s head. It also acted as a lever to ease the head out. It was used by obstetric physicians attending the birth of a child. The vectis was Dutch in origin. This 1800s example is spoon-shaped. It is made of steel and ebony with a folding handle. Other designs were originally made of bone or ivory and often covered in leather. This was very unhygienic. It led to many women dying of puerperal fever. This is a fatal form of blood poisoning contracted during the birth from unsanitary instruments. maker: Fouracres Place made: United Kingdom
ID Number
Image and original data from Wellcome Collection
Use of this image is in accordance with the Artstor Terms & Conditions
File Properties
File Name

Now viewing Obstetrical vectis, United Kingdom, 1801-1900