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Aztec midwife attending a pregnant woman, Florentine Codex

Aztec pregnancy: Dos and Don’ts

At least half a dozen chapters in Book 6 of the Florentine Codex focus on the role of the all-important midwife caring for a pregnant woman. In this special feature, prepared by our researcher Julia Flood, learn just how seriously the Aztecs took the whole subject of preparing for birth...

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Main picture: Florentine Codex, Book VI Chapter 27, scanned from our own copy of the Club Internacional del Libro 3-volume facsimile edition, Madrid, 1994

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‘Call the Aztec Midwife’ - National Geographic feature
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