Heket (also Heqet or Hekit ) was the goddess of childbirth in ancient Egypt. She is the wife of Khnum and daughter of Re. She is usually depicted as a frog -headed woman, sometimes just as a frog. It is the " mistress of the city Herwer " probably not Antinopolis, as is often assumed
For the ancient Egyptians, the frog was a symbol of life and fertility, because the frog with the annual Nile flood, otherwise fallow fertility and thus to the life, brought country.
The goddess Heket is attested since the early days. So, in Abydos stele on which it is displayed along with Khnum. As with the Osiris myth arose the legend of Osiris and Isis, Heket was the goddess who " breathed " life into the new body of Horus. So she was the goddess at the last moment of birth. As the birth of Horus became more and more associated with the resurrection of Osiris, was associated also Hekets role more with the resurrection itself Heket thus helped both the earthly as the otherworldly birth also.