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Written by Mandy N
(9/23/2013 7:39 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Other terminology surrounding childbirth, penned by Suze
Have a look at JA's letters to Cass. as they often mention pregnancies of their sisters-in-law. Jane Austen gives us an idea of her family life during time of childbirth. I note in regard to child birthing, JA uses the phrase of 'brought to bed'.
'I have just received a note from James to say that Mary was brought to bed last night, at eleven 'o' clock, of a fine little boy, and that everything is going very well....Mary does not manage matters in such a way as to make me want to lay in myself. She is not tidy enough in her appearance; she has no dressing-gown to sit up in; her curtains are all too thin, and things are not in that comfort and style about her which are necessary to make a situation an enviable one. Elizabeth was a really pretty object with her nice, clean cap put on so tidily and he dress so uniformly white and orderly.'
-JA to Cassandra. Nov, 1798.
Check out the article in BarbaraB's post on Regency era maternity fashions as it refers to the fitting of gowns later in pregnancy, and some C18th phrase of being 'in aprons.'
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