Weird Fact #10
Those wonderful, caring MEN on the OB/GYN governing boards decided that since Eve took a bite of that apple, ALL women should have to suffer during childbirth, even after anesthetics for labour were discovered during the 1900’s. Wasn’t that considerate of them!
Flicker: Liz Castro
Weird Fact #8 Women made out will when they found out they were pregnant.
A sad fact that when women throughout history found out they were expecting a child they knew the cost could be their own lives and would make out their wills immediately
Flicker: Mathew Wilson
Although hard to imagine up until the 20th century doctors wouldn’t wash their hands between patients or procedures – welcoming baby right along with all the other patients of the day.
Flicker: Mark Rabo
Weird Fact #6 They Baked Cakes During Labour
According to author Amy McKay in The Birth House, rural women practiced the ancient tradition of baking a cake during labour aptly called a “groaning cake”. Hopefully someone served her the cake with a nice cup of tea after baby was born.