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Adjustable birthing chair, Europe, 1750-1850

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Childbirth is made more comfortable for the mother by the adjustable seat, back and arms of the chair. It is made from wood, padded leather and iron. The seat shape allows a clear route for the emerging baby and access for those assisting the birth. The chair is also known as a parturition chair. They were used from ancient times until the 1800s. The grooved parts on the bottom of the frame were used for leg rests, which the mother would use for support and to press against. Some birthing chairs have low centres of gravity so the mother can squat and still be supported by the chair.

Object number:

A63533

 

Glossary:

Glossary: parturition chair

Chair used during parturition, a seat in which a mother may give birth to her child

Glossary: parturition

The act or process of giving birth to a child

Glossary: obstetrics

A branch of medicine dealing with the care of women. This care occurs during pregnancy, childbirth, and the period of recovery from childbirth.