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Obstetrical binder, 1885-1905

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Obstetrical binders were supporting garments to aid recovery after childbirth. They were also used to attach bandages securely to the body. Binders were wrapped around the body from the ribs to the top of the legs. They occasionally assisted the mother during childbirth by providing abdominal support. This example is made of heavy linen.

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Glossary: obstetrics

A branch of medicine dealing with the care of women. This care occurs during pregnancy, childbirth, and the period of recovery from childbirth.

Glossary: obstetrical binder

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