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COUTO-FERREIRA, M. Erica. She will give birth easily: therapeutic approaches to childbirth in 1st millennium BCE cuneiform sources. Dynamis [online]. 2014, vol.34, n.2, pp.289-315. ISSN 2340-7948.

This article offers, in the first place, an overview on women's healthcare in relation to childbirth in ancient Mesopotamia, as an introduction that helps to evaluate the meaning of the 7th century Assur text BAM 248 within therapeutic cuneiform texts on childbirth. We proceed to analyse the variety of therapeutic approaches to childbirth present in BAM 248, which brings together various healing devices to help a woman give birth quickly and safely. We analyse the text in its entirety as an example of intersection between different medical approaches to childbirth, given the number of differences in the complexity of remedies, in the materia medica employed, in the methods of preparation and application, even in the technical knowledge required and also, most probably, in the social origin and/or use of the remedies in question.

Palabras clave : childbirth; women's healthcare; Ancient Mesopotamia; incantations and ritual performance; therapy.

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