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16 08, 2017

What is a midwife? History of childbirth

By |2019-09-13T06:57:39-07:00August 16th, 2017|Science|13 Comments

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 [...]

16 08, 2017

Infanticide and exposure in history

By |2019-09-18T07:33:41-07:00August 16th, 2017|People|0 Comments

Infanticide? Pasiphae holds the baby Minotaur What is infanticide? 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 [...]