Relax your breathing and say “I do.”


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Weird Fact #5  They got married while giving birth

Better late than never – in one South African tribe women are only married while giving birth.


Hail, hail, the gangs all here!!!

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Weird Fact # 4  They Gave Birth Publicly

In past history, royal births had to be done publicly….no not on the lawn of Buckingham Palace, but with enough witnesses to make sure no one, inadvertently or otherwise,  switched the baby.  How is that for keeping your royal dignity!

“In wine there is wisdom. In beer there is freedom. In water there is bacteria.” Benjamin Franklin


Weird Fact # 3: They drank alcohol during labour.

Although to us this sounds a little crazy (except my one friend who took a small bottle into the hospital with her), we have to remember that alcohol was consumed much more than water years ago.

(Make sure to seek advise on drinking during pregnancy from your midwife or OB)

Why is this considered a weird fact?


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Number 2:  They Birthed on a Stool

Why this is considered a weird thing is beyond me.  I think its great to see that birthing stools were used so many years ago by the Egyptians and are still used today.  Having been at a number of births where moms gave birth on a stool I can see why they are still around!

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10 Amazing (and Weird) Facts about Childbirth Through History



 Number 1…….They gave birth on bricks

During Bible times women in labour stood on 2 bricks (oddly enough named “Birthing Bricks”) in order to give the midwife or assistant a little bit of extra room to catch the newborn….doesn’t that sound like a great way to give birth after perhaps hours of labour—balancing on 2 bricks!

Benefits of a Birth Doula

A Birth Doula

  • Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
  • Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
  • Encourages and assists the woman in gaining knowledge about birth in order to prepare for her experience
  • Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her wishes for birth
  • Stays with the woman throughout the labor
  • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decision
  • Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
  • Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman’s memory of the birth experience
  • Allows the woman’s partner to participate at his/her comfort level