A birth in the Middle Ages. In the Middle Ages pregnancy and birth were important moments in family life

A birth in the Middle Ages. In the Middle Ages pregnancy and birth were important moments in family life

In a society where large family It was the rule, pregnancies e set off were very frequent events: in Florence mounted between the eleventh and twelfth centuries many children were born, generally welcomed with great joy.

The deep religious sense of the time gave reason to believe every little child a blessing from God, But alongside this highly spiritual conception of human life, It associated another decidedly more pragmatic economic, because especially in poorly managed, campagnoli in particular, it was necessary to the largest possible number of arms to be used later (nor too late) by toiling in the fields.

The pregnancy It was an important moment in the life of the woman and her family, so as to be placed under the protection of Sant'Anna, patroness of women in labor; so that everything is resolved in the best way, the expectant mother was following the same rules still apply, first of all trying to avoid unnecessary fatigue.

At the time pregnant ladies also, He was discouraged to drink wine.

The time of delivery it was a great home event I attended and participated, trying to be helpful in every way, all the women of the family, then the sisters, the cognate and the mother of the woman in labor, He was left in bed for about two or three weeks after the baby is born; the newborn, after it was fully bandaged from feet to shoulders (this unhealthy habit would disappear until many centuries later), He was deposed in baby cot, a simple wicker basket in the poorest homes, the typical cot “rocking” Wood painting, decorated or carved in the more affluent.

During the first year of his life the little was usually fed only with the latte, that of the mother or to a thriving nanny made especially delivered from the countryside (Photo gives: media-aetas.it)