A Midwife Going to a Labour

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

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In many cultural settings, overseeing childbirth has traditionally been the work of midwives. Despite attempts by male-dominated medical institutions to appropriate this role from women, many midwives continued to practice. This hand-colored etching by British artist Thomas Rowlandson shows a dedicated midwife walking with a lantern on a rainy night to attend a birth.

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