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What is a midwife? History of childbirth

By |2018-11-01T07:47:47+00:00August 16th, 2017|Economy, Science|

A Roman carving of a midwife at a birth (Isola Della Sacra, Ostia, 1st century AD) Who delivered babies in the ancient world? A midwife is a woman who helps other women give birth to their babies. In ancient and medieval times, doctors didn't usually have anything to do with women having babies - that was the [...]

Infanticide and exposure in history

By |2018-04-19T11:10:58+00:00August 16th, 2017|People, Religion|

Pasiphae holds the baby Minotaur From the Sumerians down to the time of Augustine, all over Europe and Asia, most people agreed that if you had a newborn baby that you didn't want, you could kill it. Or at least you could abandon it somewhere and not take care of it. Killing a baby is infanticide, [...]