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Mythology & Beliefs: Lucina
In Greek and Roman Mythology, Lucina was a Roman goddess of childbirth; identified with Juno.

Lucina in Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology the goddess of light, or rather the goddess that brings to light, and hence the goddess that presides over the birth of children; it was therefore used as a surname of Juno and Diana, and the two are sometimes called Lucinae. (Varro, de Ling. Lat. 5.69; Catull. 34.13; Horat. Carm. Saec. 14, &c.; Ov. Fast. 2.441, &c., 6.39; Tib. 3.4. 13.) When women of rank gave birth to a son, a lectisterniumn was prepared for Juno Lucina in the atrium of the house. (Serv. and Philarg. ad Virg. Eclog. 4.63.) - A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology, William Smith, Ed.

Lucina in Wikipedia In ancient Roman religion and myth, Lucina was the goddess of childbirth. She safeguarded the lives of women in labour. Later, Lucina was an epithet for Juno. The name was generally taken to have the sense of "she who brings children into the light" (Latin: lux "light"), but may actually have been derived from lucus ("grove") after a sacred grove of lotus trees on the Esquiline Hill associated with the goddess. The asteroid 146 Lucina is named after the goddess. Lucina was chief among a number of deities who influenced or guided every aspect of birth and child development, such as Vagitanus, who opened the newborn's mouth to cry, and Fabulinus, who enabled the child's first articulate speech. Among other minor deities within this sphere of influence were the Di nixi, Alemonia, Partula, Prorsa Postverta, Levana, Cunina, Rumina, Potina, Edusa, Sentia, Statanus, Abeona, and Paventia. - Wikipedia

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