rechute de couche

neal41

Senior Member
USA, English
The burial record of a woman who died in 1776 in Kaskaskia, Illinois (United States) says of her "décédée subitement d'une rechute de couche". She died suddenly of something. What is 'rechute de couche'? My dictionary says 'rechute' is 'relapse'. I suspect that she died in or after childbirth, but 'relapse' is not a word that I would normally associate with dying in childbirth. She was about 43.

Thank you.
 
  • Micia93

    Senior Member
    France French
    "rechute" associated with "couche" is weird in french too you know! I understand like you : the lady died when giving birth, but can't explain why "rechute" is used!
     

    Novanas

    Senior Member
    English AE/Ireland
    Perhaps she died a short time after giving birth from complications associated with the birth.
     

    Novanas

    Senior Member
    English AE/Ireland
    I'm not trying to explain the French here. I'll leave that to you. I'm just saying perhaps there were problems during the birth and the doctors thought they had taken care of them. But then later the problems reappeared. That's just an English-speaker's guess.
     
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