“Desco da parto” The Birth Tray and Its Cultural Significance in Renaissance Italy

This article describes painted, wooden birth trays of Renaissance Italy and how the tradition strengthened social bonds.
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About Author: Jane Beal

Jane Beal, PhD, is a writer, educator and midwife. She has served in homebirth practices in the Chicago, Denver and San Francisco metro areas and in birth centers for at-risk, low-income families in the US, Uganda and the Philippines. She currently teaches at UC Davis.

To learn more about her work, visit sanctuarypoet.net and christianmidwife.org.

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