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1 A history of European childbirth through art

There is little direct access to the lives of women and children of the past. However, art provides one way in which we can take a look back at birth through the ages.

While there are many representations of birth around the globe and it would be possible to use images from the Americas, Australasia, Asia or Africa, in the following video we have focused on European art so that we are able to illustrate change in one part of the world.

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