What was it like to be a mother in medieval times?

Medieval motherhood was fraught with peril and tragedy

Stars Insider

24/05/23 | StarsInsider


The act of giving birth is a deeply natural and timeless human experience. In many ways, it hasn't changed. On the other hand, sterile hospitals, doctors, highly-trained midwives, pain medication, and surgical intervention have made things safer and slightly more bearable! Moreover, raising a child is another experience that is deeply intuitive and varies from parent to parent, but several hundred years ago all parents could do was try to help their kids survive past the age of five, which was no easy feat.

During the medieval period, mothers were responsible for their child's health, safety, and education with no outside support, often while working to put food on the table as well. Clearly, the concept of a working mom is nothing new!

Medieval women risked their lives to have children, not that they had much of a choice. Click on to discover the practices and beliefs followed by mothers during this dark period in history.

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