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EILEITHYIA

Greek Goddess of childbirth and labour pains.

Eileithyia was the daughter of Zeus and Hera and mothered Sosipolis and Eros but it didn't stop her from trying to kill Alcmene and her unborn children.

She could be nice or nasty depending on her mood and frowned upon regular pregnancys, probably because of the unwanted workload. But she was forced to torture Alcmene during her first and only pregnancy because of good old fashioned jealous fury by her boss, Hera.

Under orders, Eileithyia sat outside of the birth room contorting her body in all kinds of strange ways which put a vice like grip on Alcmene's womb. Fortunately she was spotted by nurse Gallanthis who cried "it's a boy!" and as she dropped her guard out popped Iphicles and Heracles.
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'EILEITHYIA' - Greek entry : 26 April 2007
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