How Old Was Mary?
There has been much discussion amongst scholars as to the question “How Old was Mary when she has Jesus?” Scholars believe Mary would have been somewhere between 12-16 years old when she had Jesus. In Mathew 1:18 “This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit”
During this time in History, Jewish girls were typically engaged to their husbands as early as the age of 12-years-old.
During childbirth, mothers were often supported by midwives or other women. The most common position for childbirth was probably crouching or kneeling, perhaps supported by on a stool or stone. It feels natural that women nearby would have come to Mary’s aid and helped her with the birth.
Several rituals were typical right after birth: cutting the umbilical cord, washing with water, and rubbing the baby with salt.