Childbirth was an event at once physical, emotional, and symbolic, and it also constituted an interaction of great significance among women. In early modern Europe, it was an occasion not just for practical help, but also for the identification, thematization, and cultural modeling of meanings, for instance of life and death, happiness and distress, joy and pain…
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Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy.
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