Diver's tocophelia belt

Diver's tocophelia belt, or couchaide

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Diver's tocophelia belt, or couchaide
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Diver's tocophelia belt, or couchaide, used to allow women in childbirth to ease pains by putting pressure on their back while pulling during contractions, comprising ropes with pulleys, canvas straps and cotton padding, in cardboard box, first half of 19th century. See note.