First Scream, First Cry… from the neighbourly assistance to the institutionalised midwifery in Prague and its vicinity

First Scream, First Cry… from the neighbourly assistance to the institutionalised midwifery in Prague and its vicinity

Place:
Main Building

Date:
26. 4. 2017 – 15. 10. 2017

The exhibition brings focus to the history of attendance at birth, from individual care to the foundation of medical delivery institutions in Prague. The greatest accent is put on the period between the 2nd half of the 18th and the 1st half of the 19th centuries because it was a period of cardinal changes in the attitude for providing help to women while giving birth. This was connected with the changes in the education of midwives as well as with the emergence of specialised physicians – obstetricians. The exhibition will also present further information about deliveries and attendance at giving birth in Czech and European contexts up to the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries as well as other topics related to motherhood and early childhood in the past. Furthermore, differences between large cities and villages will be brought forward.

A student and midwife, Ludmila K. (1780–1860), will guide visitors through the exhibition. She studied the midwife course at the Prague university during the winter semester of 1824/1825 and practised the profession until the 1840s. Ludmila K. will take visitors through her midwife studies in Prague as well as through her life of a midwife and mother of eleven children.

The exhibition will present a manifold evidence of the midwife and obstetrics professions, from medical instruments and various tools to the traditions of birth giving, legal documents, and some written records.

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