Pregnancy

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    During medieval times, pregnant women in labour were attended to by midwives, whose understanding of childbirth was learnt through practical experience rather than formal training. Midwives were responsible for performing emergency baptisms when the baby's life was in danger, as well as caring for the mother. By the later Middle Ages the profession of midwifery began to be formally recognised. This 15th Century manuscript shows foetal positions in the womb.

     

    Shelfmark: Sloane 249 f.197

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