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Heqat (Heket)

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Alongside Bes and Taweret, pregnant ladies and babies in ancient Egypt had one more special friend: Heqat. She's got a frog head, and to be honest, she's a little scary with those big knives. But you can be sure that Heqat will keep you safe from any illness, whether you're a mother or a child. When she's not minding the nursery, sometimes Heqat's working the dating scene, helping men and women fall in love. Maybe so she'll have more babies to take care of? Whatever works.

Basic Information

Name

Heqat (Heket)

Nickname

She Who Hastens the Birth, The Resurrection, Froggie Baby

Sex

Female

Current city

Abu (Elephantine) with Khnum, alone at Qus (Cusae), or sitting with the latest newborn

Work & Education

Occupation

Midwife, Childcare Professional, Dating Coach

Education

Taweret's preschool

Beliefs

Political views

Ra is king

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

Parents

Unknown

Siblings

None

Children

All children, everywhere

Friends

Bes, Taweret, Isis, Nephthys, Meshkhenet, Hathor, Sekhmet, Serqet 

Enemies

Anything and anybody who hurts babies.

Relationships

Relationship status

It's Complicated with Khnum

Interested in

Love in general

Favorites

TV Shows

Sesame Street (and The Muppet Show of course)
It's not easy being green.
Supernatural
I want to fight demons with the Winchester brothers!
Modern Family
One of my guilty pleasures when I'm off work.
Futurama
I like this show because ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD. Wait. What did I just say?

Quotations

"I'm not a diva. I'm a tadpole trying to be a frog." 
– Toni Braxton

"You know, there was a time when childbirth was possibly the most terrifying thing you could do in your life, and you were literally looking death in the face when you went ahead with it." 
– Stephenie Meyer, Twilight author

"Babies are such a nice way to start people." 
– Don Herold

"Childbirth is more admirable than conquests, more amazing than self-defense, and as courageous as either one." 
– Gloria Steinem

"Theories pass. The frog remains." 
– Jean Rostand

Books

All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare
Maya Angelou is a tremendous poet. Just read Africa.
Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss
I have absolutely zero patience for bullies.
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
I've been a handmaiden before, but nothing like this ever happened. Thankfully.
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain 
It's not just a fun story. It's a fun story about a frog!
Frogs by David Badger
Maybe this book is a little bit too revealing? But I do like my frogs.
Do you know Aristophanes wrote a Greek comedy about frogs? And Dionysus.
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame 
Have you been on Mr. Toad's wild ride? It's not just a little kid's book. At least Disney didn't think so.
Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife by Peggy Vincent 
One of those times when you really DO have to catch 'em all…
The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
There's a goldsmith named after me in this book. But it's a guy! Weird.

Music

Kids by MGMT 
This kid needs a visit from me and Taweret and Bes. Dumb monsters.
Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
9 to 5 by Dolly Parton
We might work all day, but we're still ladies.
Roxanne by the Police
Ho Hey by The Lumineers
Try by Pink

Movies

The Princess and the Frog
Still think it would've been better if they never changed back.
I loved the Toy Story movies. The third one made me cry!
The Harry Potter films (and books, of course) are great fun. Trevor's my hero.
The Wizard of Oz
I love fantasies. This was one of the best ever, and not just because there's a frog guy in Oz, either.
Les Miserables
It's a serious commitment to care for a child.
What to Expect When You're Expecting 
It's never what you think.
Juno
Look Who's Talking

Activities & Interests

Likes

Kids, especially really little ones
Sappy romances
Frogs
Sunny afternoons
Prenatal vitamins

Interests

Mitochondrial DNA
Demonology
Matchmaking
Sex Ed
Neonatal health

Groups

Ancient Egyptian Gods 
Egyptian Mythology 
Frogs
Midwife International 

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