In addition to the foregoing, Chamomilla, Coffee, Pulsatilla, Nux Vomica, and Secale Cornutum, possess remarkable properties in subduing the after-pains of parturition.
Chamomilla, in persons of a gloomy, irritable disposition; pains of a spasmodic nature, extending to the lower limbs; discharge of black coagula, with frequent desire to urinate.
Coffea, when the pains are of an exhausting, spasmodic nature.
Pulsatilla, when the pains are pressing, cutting, or contracting: is more particularly adapted for mild, delicate, or scrofulous females, who have become exhausted by a succession of violent wearying pains.
Nux Vomica, when the pains are crampy or contractive: in females of a nervous and excitable temperament.
Secale Cornutum, when the pains are exhausting and spasmodic; with painful contraction of the womb, or by distressing bearing-down pains; prostration of strength, and sudden gushes of blood and coagula following each pain.
My remaining instructions concern the sick-room more than remedial agents. I have to entreat ladies in this situation to forbid the intrusion of those officious people who delight in paying visits during such seasons. For the first fortnight the lady should not be left entirely alone; but she should be visited only by such intimate acquaintances as may not necessitate her taking part in the conversation.
The presence of a friend who will come quietly, bring her work, and sit silently employed by the side of the convalescent, will cheer the spirits, assure the hope, and support the courage of the invalid. This, moreover, does good by destroying the sense of loneliness, which is too apt to take possession of a sick and solitary chamber; it induces a sense of comfort, by informing the sufferer that she is neither neglected or forgotten. But a lady, after so violent an exertion, is neither capable of supporting a conversation, nor able to satisfy the questioning of inquisitiveness.
The nurse, moreover, should not be one of those well- intentioned people who are impressed with a belief that much noise is highly beneficial to infants. Those men whose intellects have most brightened the world, are not such as, in their infancy, possessed the loudest nurses.
It is doubtful if, at the very early period of existence, the infant possesses more than animal life. It is usually some weeks before any visual object attracts attention; and it is even a longer period prior to sounds being noticed.
Then the auspicious boy begins to cast about His infant eyes, and with a smile his mother single out. The mother well deserves that short delight, The nauseous qualms of ten long months and travail to requite.
Therefore, the noise and confusion which some nurses think befit the room which should be sanctified by a confinement, ought to be by no means permitted. In fact, all that is necessary for a natural confinement, is such a degree of cleanliness as will uphold the health; such nutritious diet as the system can appropriate; such remedial agents as will soothe the brain, remove pain, and assist nature in performing her natural functions; that degree of cheerfulness which the condition of the patient demands; and no more riot than the convalescent can endure.