of birth, daughter of Zeus
and Hera, who helped women
in labor. She was also a judge of pregnant women: the ones that had been good
she blessed with an easy birth, the ones that had no she gave a long and painful
Eleutho/Eileithyia was born in a cave near Knossos on Crete, and was he sister of Ares, Hestia and Hebe. She was generally considered to be a virgin goddess, but sometimes it was claimed she was Eros' mother, or the mystical hero Sosipolis. The goddess and Sosipolis were worshipped in Olympia.
It was this goddess that prolonged the birth of Heracles on Hera's demand. She was a companion of the Moirae.