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Parturition chairs made child birth more comfortable

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PARTURITION chairs were used by women when they were giving birth. Is sitting down more comfortable than lying down when giving birth? Are these the models for the moden day electric chair?

Parturition chair, Germany, 1701-1900

Folding parturition chair, reputedly Sicilian, 1701-1830

Parturition chair, England, 1601-1700