My wife is in labor. Soon we will welcome our second child into the world. The strange dance of modern childbirth begins. Will this be a home birth or in a hospital? Will there be an epidural or not? Will there be a pool or a bed? A midwife or a doctor? A c-section or not? So many differences then centuries and millineea before. So “unnatural,” but also more safe.
My wife and child, most likely, will return home entirely safe and healthy in a few days. This luxury is one of the gifts of the modern world, at least for some of us. I wonder how many great minds of the past, mothers and children, were lost in childbirth. The progress of modern medicine.
One of the most fun books for my wife to read her last pregnancy was Get Me Out, a history of childbirth. It is a good book. Check it out.
Then tell me your stories of birth.