Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Royal History of Giving Birth

From Xposé:
 Until the mid 1700s, childbirth was a women’s business – men were never present. Royal births were also very public, especially in French royalty. It’s been well documented that 200 people watched Marie Antoinette give birth in 1778, and that she was almost crushed by the huge group of people who poured into the bed chamber when the doctor called that the baby was coming. Apparently, people were climbing on furniture to get a better view. In Britain, it was a more modest group, ranging from around 40 people to a handful of VIPs, but most likely strangers to the royal mum-to-be. (Read more.)

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