Salome, Jesus' midwife

Joseph and pregnant Mary arrived in Bethlehem for the census ordered by Quirinius, the new governor of Judea in 6 CE (Luke 2). They couldn't find a place for the night (Luke 2:7) so they stayed in a cave (grotto) below an habitation. This configuration is typical of Israelite habitations in this period, built upon natural or hewn caves to keep storage away from the heat for example. But soon Mary started labour pains, so Joseph went out to seek help from a midwife. Here is how the story is told in the Protoevangelium of James. It is an early Christian writing, dated from about the middle of the 2nd century CE, thus older than the Gospels