Roman Marble Plaque Showing a Birth Scene

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Laura Kate C. McCormack
by The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London
published on 02 April 2024
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Marble plaque depicting a 'parturition', or birthing scene, excavated in Ostia, Italy, c. 400 BCE to 300 CE.

Such scenes eased the fears of expectant mothers by depicting positive birthing images. During this time, midwives were female. Men were not present at births unless a doctor was required in the case of a high-status mother. Here, a woman reclines on a couch covered in drapes, attended by three women. They are dressed in classical Roman robes and one is holding the baby.

Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection, Science Museum Group Collection, London.

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London, T. B. o. T. o. t. S. M. (2024, April 02). Roman Marble Plaque Showing a Birth Scene. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/18722/roman-marble-plaque-showing-a-birth-scene/

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