St Margaret of Antioch, patron saint of pregnancy, labour, and childbirth
Horae ad usum fratrum praedicatorum (Hours of Frederick of Aragon). Tours, 1501-1504. Artist: Jean Bourdichon.
“And whilst she was in prison, she prayed our Lord that the fiend that had fought with her, he would visibly show him unto her. And then appeared a horrible dragon and assailed her, and would have devoured her, but she made the sign of the cross, and anon he vanished away. And in another place it is said that he swallowed her into his belly, she making the sign of the cross. And the belly brake asunder, and so she issued out all whole and sound.” [Jacobus de Voragine, The Golden Legend (Caxton edition)