Childbirth Explained

The new book, Get Me Out, chronicles the history childbirth from a natural event, attended by midwives, to a clinical intervention, attended by physicians in hospitals. At times the process was hijacked by male scientists with little knowledge of female anatomy. For instance, some early medical texts on childbirth were actually written by monks. Some egregious examples of potholes on the road to improved safety include physicians using unwashed forceps, attending successive women from one birthing bed to the next. A common malady in Victorian England was caused by physician lecturers, working on human cadavers one minute, and attending births the next without washing up.

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  1. Nancy says:

    Sounds like the males are a problem.

  2. Vicki says:

    Didn’t I read that there is a specie of lizard that is female only. How do they do it? Someone should investigate.

  3. Linda Gorman says:

    We’re lucky that the males took an interest.

    Otherwise obstetrics would not have been created quite so soon and midwives would have watched helplessly as a lot more women and children died or were maimed during the natural, but dangerous, process of child birth.

  4. Brian Williams. says:

    I have four children … and don’t ever hope to understand childbith.

  5. Devon Herrick says:

    It’s only been within the last 150 years ago that hand washing was considered essential before attending childbirth. A Hungarian doctor is thought to be the first to discover the benefits of hand washing with chlorine between deliveries. Apparently this was such blasphemy that his colleagues had him committed to a mental institution where he was beaten to death by the guards.