Journée nationale des mères de familles nombreuses (France, 1915) 30″ x 44” Family Registration Poster LB
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Journée nationale des mères de familles nombreuses (France, 1915) 30″ x 44” Family Registration Poster
In 1556 the declaration of pregnancy for unmarried or widowed women was instituted. By this act, they inform the judicial authority that they are pregnant and reveal the name of the father so that it participates in the maintenance of the unborn child. This measure aims to reduce the number of infanticide and child abandonment.
The register presented here is kept by the justice of the peace. It shows the death certificate of a stillborn child. The “surgeon of the city of Hesdin” attests that it is indeed a natural death.
It was not until the eighteenth century that the death of women in bed and newborns was no longer considered inevitable and that a desire to improve the conditions of birth emerged. The midwives, who until then had only empirical knowledge, will benefit from a real professional training. Obstetrics and anatomy manuals are proliferating and models, or ghosts, are being created to learn the mechanism of childbirth.
In 1772, a school of surgery opened in Arras; Professor Jean-Pierre Nonot is in charge of the delivery classes.
Condition: Overall displays in Excellent condition – Linen Backed.
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