Male physicians were furious that witches were doing a great job taking care of those who came to them for help. Witches were experts when it came to pregnancy and childbirth, since they had been doing it from the beginning of time, and THEY WERE WOMEN who knew and understood the female body (since they each HAD ONE OF THEIR VERY OWN).
Male doctors came up with forceps and pushed the witches to the sidelines by spreading ugly rumors about the way they healed, saying that they were unprofessional and didn’t have metal tongs to pull babies out of women’s bodies. Unfortunately, that’s not all the men spread. As soon as women began going to male doctor they started dying. Their babies died as well. Bodies piled up but the rumors kept going about how witches were not as good as male doctors. The healing that witches did suddenly became obsolete. Men, their forceps and their lies, killed women and babies. but as long as they had power, doctors were okay with that.
Turns out that the male doctors never washed their hands. They spread disease from one woman to another, and to their babies, as well. No one knew what germs were, at the time, but women always washed their hands. Men didn’t ask the witches what they did, to keep women from dying, of course. They didn’t care enough, besides they had their PRIDE, and no males were dying, so it wasn’t that big of a big problem. After all, women were always having babies, they would get paid one way or another.
Men burned witches to get their property, they took over their healing practices by lying and they tried to take over their belief system and pretty much everything else. Men robbed, killed and lied to get what they wanted. Same old, same old.