Copy of a parturition chair, London, England, 1912 (?)

1912 in London
Wellcome Institute, Museum Workshops

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Copy of 15th-16th century parturition chair. Full view, graduated grey background.
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Copy of 15th-16th century parturition chair

Parturition or birthing chairs were used to provide support for a woman during childbirth. Many parturition chairs were family heirlooms which were passed down through the generations. They are still used in some countries today. Some chairs were quite complex designs with adjustable arm and foot rests for the mother’s comfort. Some could also be folded to convert into a bed or operating table. This chair is based on an earlier, simpler design. It has a solid wooden frame and wide, open arms. It dates from 1400-1600.

This replica was made in the 1900s at the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum workshops.


Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
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parturition chair
Wellcome Institute, Museum Workshops

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