Author(s): BEATA LE?NICZAK, NADZIEJA CHWIEROT, GRZEGORZ KRASOMSKI
When following through the development of the theory and practice of midwifery in Polandover centuries, the main conclusion is that the subject of pregnancy, delivery and puerperiumhas always been, is and will probably forever remain relevant. This fact cannot come asa surprise given the importance of those events, which constitute a personal experience andhave a social impact too. Fascination with unexplored rules of nature leading to the miracleof conception and birth caused those issues to be surrounded by the massive wall of super-stitions and prejudice. Mysticism was present in Polish obstetrics for a long time and prin-ciples of folk medicine were applied especially in rural areas. The issue of the mystical un-derstanding of the rules of nature by the Polish population is the topic of this paper whichfocuses on the issues of procreation.