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
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!
I really love Jim Gaffigan and this sketch about home birth, midwives and having 4 children is so funny. If you want to skip to the home birth part it starts about 1:29 but I never want to miss any of his stuff. Hope you have a good laugh at this.