Upon reading the book titled "Lying-In A history of Childbirth in America" by Richard W. Wertz and Dorothy C. Wertz, and also from my own research into this subject, there is a question that has been nagging at me lately. If vaginal exams are something that is relatively a new practice in human birth, more… Continue reading Gynecological exams: Are they necessary in a healthy birth?
Mothers have immeasurable value
Against the position of the newfound male midwifery, we find doctors, fathers, and husbands that were very against this new medicine and voiced their concerns rather loudly. Here we see another excerpt from Lying-In: "Many if those modest looking doctors, inflamed with the thoughts of well-shaped bodies of the women they have delivered, handled, hung over… Continue reading The other side of the coin: Doctors against male midwifery.
Positive images of birth and motherhood are so very important for everyone to see. Here in this post you see some very old images of sheela na gigs (the women depicted showing how the vulva opens for birth) Mary breastfeeding Jesus, and ancient depictions of birth and breastfeeding in Egypt and Africa. Notice how in… Continue reading Positive Images of Birth and Motherhood
The first advances in understanding birth as a "mechanical mechanism" resulted from opportunities to observe and attend births in hospital-schools established in Paris to train midwives in the early 16th century. In the maternity wards for poor women, the surgeons and midwives developed a new rational view of birth processes and a number of… Continue reading Did you know?