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Article: Birth

During pregnancy, a Saulteaux woman observed no particular taboos or restrictions on her behaviour or activities except not to over exert herself as to put the baby or herself in any kind of danger. Upon the beginning of labour, a mid-wife was summoned to assist in the birth of the child. The expecting mother usually gave birth in the kneeling position. Upon the birth of the child, the mid-wife's responsibility was to severe the umbilical cord and clean the newborn child with moss and powdered buffalo dung. The child was then wrapped in hide or cloth to keep it warm. Soon after the child was nursed by the mother.