MIDWIFERY IN MOORISH SPAIN!
But first some trivia:
QUESTION 1: How did families select their midwives and who paid the fees – the mother or father-to-be?
QUESTION 2: How long did new mothers undergo confinement – 0, 7, 40 or 60 days?
QUESTION 3: Which of the following types of metals and materials held magical properties as amulets for the protection of mothers and newborns – gold, silver, leather or all of the above?
Here's my full presentation, which was condensed down to 10 minutes and major pints:
What other roles did Moorish midwives undertake: Outside of their practices, midwives came to court as required to give evidence about proof of menstruation, virginity at the time of marriage, fertility problems, and miscarriage and the likely age of the miscarried fetus, as often the female modesty code of Islam would have prevented male doctors from such intimate knowledge. One scene in the fifth book of the series showed the royal midwife in court as part of the defense for the heroine, accused by her husband of secretly using contraception. A midwife’s testimony was one area of Islamic jurisprudence
Now for the answers to those questions above:
It was great fun to present with such wonderful panelists and to receive the feedback from attendees, who seemed to learn a lot. If anyone's interested in my setting and time for midwifery practices, here's where you can learn more: