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Written by Suze
(9/23/2013 2:28 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Child birth and maternity dress., penned by Mandy N
There is a woman's "confinement": a time during a woman's pregnancy when she basically stays home - presumably when she's just too large to go anywhere. (Can you imagine being jostled around in a carriage at 7 months! I can't imagine that premature births were very successful.) I've seen many references to it, but haven't seen which month it begins, etc.
I also noticed that the Empire waists in the fashion at that time were quite forgiving - i.e., allowed for greater girth. So I'm also wondering if women were able to "get away with" being "out in the world" for as close to delivery as possible. (And, of course, no one ever spoke of a woman being "with child" in public.)
I have seen a lot of references to accoucheurs - that is, male midwives, or obstetricians. It seemed that rich women used them instead of the "committees" (midwives, family, etc. in the room during deliveries) that had been commonplace: both for the more modern methods being employed by the same, and the fact that new mothers didn't want all the chatter, etc.
Any other thoughts, please? TY!
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