Infancy and Childhood

John Demos

in A Little Commonwealth

Second edition

Published in print September 1999 | ISBN: 9780195128901
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853960 | DOI:
Infancy and Childhood

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This chapter examines the tradition concerning infancy, childhood, and childbirth in Plymouth Colony. Delivery usually took place at home, and tradition has it that the inner room in the familiar house plan was also known as the borning room, in reference to its special use in times of childbirth. Childbirth attendants were older women who acted the role of midwives. The chapter also discusses the practices of infant care and feeding, and raising children.

Keywords: infancy; childhood; childbirth; Plymouth Colony; inner room; older women; midwives; infant care; child rearing

Chapter.  5287 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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