Parturition chair, Germany, 1701-1900

Made:
1701-1900 in Germany
maker:
Unknown
Parturition chair, German, 18th century.
      Full view, chair leaning back with rest. 
      Grey background. Parturition chair, German, 18th century.
      Full 3/4 view, grey background. Parturition chair, German, 18th century.
      Full frontal view, grey background. Parturition chair, German, 18th century.
      Detail view of foot rests. Black background.

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Parturition chair, German, 18th century. Full view, chair leaning back with rest. Grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
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Parturition chair, German, 18th century. Full 3/4 view, grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Parturition chair, German, 18th century. Full frontal view, grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Parturition chair, German, 18th century. Detail view of foot rests. Black background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Parturition chair, German, 18th century

Parturition chairs are also known as birthing chairs. Use of the parturition chair is thought to have originated in Germany. They were at the height of their popularity by the late 1700s. They were used by female and male midwives. Parturition chairs ranged from simple designs to ornate affairs. Pillows and padding were sometimes present, together with hand grips, reclining backs and ascending seats. This example incorporates some of these refinements.

Details

Category:
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Object Number:
A95933
Materials:
fittings, iron, frame, wood and upholstery, leather, brown
Measurements:
overall (previous): 120 mm x 55 mm x 51 mm, 20.5 kg
type:
parturition chair
credit:
Taeuber and Weil