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Short Answer Due to the limited data (and the limitations of the data which is available), historians have come up with a variety of estimates around the period you are interested in. These estimates mostly range from around 1% to 3% per birth, depending on region and, perhaps, social background. One interesting finding is that maternal mortality appears to ...


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I don't think we really know this. It looks like in 1990 the worst rates of maternal mortality in the developing world were around 1%-2%. That's maternal deaths per live births. These places were generally in equatorial African countries. That might be helpful, as the poorer health access there back then might come the closest we have to mimicking pre-...


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This is seventeenth century rather than medieval but I don't know that that would make much difference in terms of medical technology. Samuel Rutherford's second wife Jean Macmath was born before the end of February 1611 and had a child baptised in March 1656. Assuming minimal interval between birth and baptism (which was normal), she was at least 45 when ...


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