Thursday, 15 May 2014

Birthing Stools in Ancient Egypt

Kom Ombo wall relief depicting a woman on a birthing stool.

'Wall relief of women seated on birthing stools from the temple of Kom Ombo, photograph by David G. Burger, FRPS'

 The hieroglyphs 'To give birth' - they depict the squatting position and use of birthing stool or bricks.

There is no documentary evidence that women in labour were assisted by the swnw (Egyptian physicians). The medical papyri don't pay much attention to complications that arise during the time of delivery but the swnw were known to treat gynaecological problems after birth. 

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