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Adjustable Birthing Chair, Europe, 1750-1850

Childbirth was made more comfortable for the mother by the adjustable seat, back and arms of the chair. Birthing chairs were used for hundreds of years prior to the invention of modern medicine. 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 centers of gravity so the mother can squat and still be supported by the chair.

(Source: sciencemuseum.org.uk)

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    I’d pop out a human in one of this. Much safer than the position where you’re flat on your back with your legs up.
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    TW: Medical abuse I’m displeased with a lot of how my first delivery went, and am determined to change the next one. I...
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