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I did another search while I still have better access from the University. I'm going to try to gather as much research material as possible for review while I'm at home with baby (whenever he finally decides to make an appearance). 

The Criminal and the Saintly Body: Autopsy and Dissection in Renaissance Italy: 
 http://www.jstor.org/stable/pdfplus/2863109.pdf?acceptTC=true  - printed

The manly masquerade, Masculinity, Paternity, and castration in the Italian Renaissance

" In this our lightye and learned tyme": Italian baths in the era of the Renaissance.

Medical history from the earliest times:

The Politics of Physicians' Responsibility in Epidemics: A Note on History

A prelude to medical history

A brief history of spa therapy

Public Health and the Medical Profession in the Renaissance $30 to print

Contraception and Abortion from the Ancient World to the Renaissance $30 to print
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Trying to focus on the good, work on what needs attention, and let the rest go.

Thankful list
I have awesome people in my life. Really and truly- amazing, intellegent, thoughtful, and caring people.
The girlchild is the daughter of my heart, even if she's not the daughter of my body. She constantly amazes me (in a good way). I'm hopeful that all the upcoming changes will bring us all closer together.
Despite all the life trauma and distractions, this pregnancy has physically been so blessed- no healthy issues, discomfort, but no pain (other than the emergency oral surgery) and no complications.
For better or worse the stalemate with the contractor is now broken, and while it's not a great situation I now can move forward and start putting it behind me.
I'm hopefully, and delighted that people have come forward to help with the cleanup this weekend despite my not being able to physically be there myself. I'm a little nervous about the high expense of the rental equipment and worry that it might nearly be as much as it would cost to hire someone for the day (423.33 per day + 10 for the tow hitch each day, so potentially nearly 900.00 for the weekend if it's not returned by noon on Monday)- but I'm trying to stay positive and hope that great progress will be made over the weekend. 

This coming Sunday is my due date. We'll see if things happen on schedule. At this point I'd still be happy to be exactly a week late and have him be born on 10/10/10, but we'll see if I still feel that way in a couple of days. :) 

I've been voraciously pouring over articles in any free moment, and so far I've gotten through the first two and dug into a third. I posted reviews to my Facebook, but I'll repost them here as well, so I can refer back to them more easily. 

Article review- "Medieval Woman's Guides to Food During Pregnancy: Origins, Texts, and Traditions". Technically before my time of focus, but provides a good foundation of where many of the scientific medical theories in the Renaissance came from. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in food and medical history. ...http://journaldev.cbmh.ca/index.php/cbmh/article/viewFile/292/291

Article review-Theory, Everyday Practice and Three Fifteenth Century Physicians. Comparisons of the history and practical styles of three Physicians(Michele Savonarola, Jacques Depars, and Antonio Guaineri), as relates to theories on the plague, the use of Astrology, Magic and Alchemy , and the study of another common disease, Pleurasy. This isn't focused on childbirth and while one of the physicans is often mentioned in my more core studies (Michele Savanarola) it provides more back ground information as to general medical practices at the time than more direct information on my specific topic. It does mention childbirth in passing a couple of times, but it's value is more in a better understanding of Savanarola's background and medical education. A good read. http://www.jstor.org/stable/pdfplus/301784.pdf

Updated to add one more article review: 
Article review- the Fate of Popular Terms for Female Anatomy in the Age of Print. Ooh, this is a naughty one! Mostly based on French medical texts dating back to medieval, some of which were published abroad, this covers the sometimes scandalous evolution of the terms used in medical professions to describe female genitalia. A revolution in anatomy based on new information garnered from the study of dissection of human cadavers created a need for completely remapping and charting our understanding of the human body. One of the ways this was address was to catalog all the terms used by French midwives, some of which were rather...descriptive.
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I realize that once the baby comes I have no idea what my energy and brain capacity will be like, but I also know that I'll go stir crazy if I don't have something to occupy myself with, especially if I wind up having to delivery Ceaserian and can't drive for 6-8 wks. So, I'm lining up projects that I'll be able to work on as time and energy allows, and hope to be able to get back to working my way through all the recipes in the Anon. Venetian too- if I can ever get my hands on that darned boar and venison I need.  
Long rambling list of ideasm to-dos, and sources that many may find boring )

Bambino update- I woke up about 12:15 last night with contractions/ pain and couldn't sleep through it so I went and got into a warm bath until they finally subsided about 1:20.

Also, further note to self- defaulted contractor finally came to pick up the vehicle he had left sitting on my property for the last several weeks sometime in the late night early morning (11PM-6AM) September 27-28th. I wonder if this means he's recieved the notice of complaint from the Attourney General's office, or if he's just finally gotten enough gas money to come and get it.

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I found a copy of a slightly later edition of an Obstetrics manual first printed in Venice in the 1590's
The good news is it seems to be in a Library in New York, the bad news is you have to physically come to it. No loans (which makes perfect sense) but there also dosen't seem to be any microfilm or reproductions available.
Later editions are available through Abe Books, but the prices start at well over $1,000, and the age ranges from the 1660's. Both out of my time and price range. I'll talk with David about this tonight to see if he can help me track down a better source.

I'll come back to these images later and fill out much more detailed descriptions.
Cut for period medical images, some may be inapropriate for work  )I've been writing this up as both an outline for a research paper, and as a presentation or class with lots of images. I've also been looking into the art and ritual of pregnancy and child birth in the Italian Renaissance, but I see the two topics as being related, but separate.

Random links I found amusing while searching for further information: 
This on is on Advice in the Italian renaissance
My favorite so far is:
 After blowing your nose:
You should not open your handkerchief and look inside, as if pearls or rubies might have descended from your brain.  —Giovanni Della Casa, Galateo (1558)

This is not what I was looking for, but it has an amazing article on the historical use and medical theory surrounding Mandrake root.

Library search

Chronological history of medical science and advancement: 

Further search for any versions on microfilm: 
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I've been posting these tidbits to Face book, but it occurred to me that I should post them here as well, where I can more easily come back to them later.

For your amusement or abject horror:

Pre-natal advice from Renaissance Italy Part I: "The mother-to-be should drink wine that is subtle, aromatic, and well aged." "Stay as far away as you can from white wine, woman reader, even though it's true that white wine looks better in your hand. In your ninth month however, start drinking white wine as it will open you up and facilitate child birth" "Cold water is not good at all- better to drink wine." - Savanarola

"wine is beneficial for the stomach and genreates good spirits and heat. A light red is best and if you mix it with water, then use water in which you have extinguished a hot iron" - Marinello

Part II: "fruits, like fish are cold and humid; moreover, many of them are gassy, so generally you should avoid them altogether or eat them only in moderation." " When you crave a piece of fruit, just think that the most noble and beautiful fruit in the world is the human creature in your womb, so surely you can resist the vituperative claims of your palate for a vile, ugly, bad piece of fruit that will harm what you carry inside yourself" -Savanarola

More will definately follow as I haven't even touched on fertility, lots of other dietary tips including leafy greens and other vegitables, meats, and fats.
Digital copy of one of Michele Savanarola's books:

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