What was the Childbirth Fatality in Medieval Times?
It was staggering among the commoners, and even the nobility was afflicted. some famous people who died in childbirth were the Polish Queen Jadwiga ( or Hedwig) and Queen Isabella of Spain, in l504. This was evidentally a real heavy health hazard in the dark ages and there was little effort expended to combat or control it. Even today it is a health problem people don"t like to talk about and is even neatly edited out of the obituaries in some cases, last winter, I saw an ambulance marked ( maternity care) in a parking orbit outside a local funeral parlor, with a police car escorting. there was nothing in the paper about any child or maternal deaths in the obituaries the next few days and I checked. Unlike Cancer, auto crashes, or even muggings, it is a cause of death people don"t like to talk about.