Marble plaque showing parturition scene, Ostia, Italy, 400 BCE-300 CE
- 400 BCE-300 CE in Ostia Antica
Marble plaque showing parturition scene, Roman, from Ostia, Italy
This marble plaque depicts a ‘parturition’, or birthing scene. Such scenes eased the fears of expectant mothers by depicting positive birthing images. During this time, midwives were female. Men were not present at births unless a doctor was required in the case of a high status mother. Here, a woman reclines on a couch covered in drapes, attended by three women. They are dressed in classical Roman robes and one is holding the baby. The plaque was excavated at Ostia, Italy.