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A Little CommonwealthFamily Life in Plymouth Colony$
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John Demos

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195128901

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195128901.001.0001

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Infancy and Childhood

Infancy and Childhood

(p.131) Chapter Nine Infancy and Childhood
A Little Commonwealth

John Demos

Oxford University Press

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

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