Ever wonder WHY it’s so hard for human beings to give birth? I mean, why does it have to be so difficult and carry on for an hour after painful hour? Why have we worked hard to devise methods of pain relief and surgical procedures to “deliver” women from this burden? Is it something to truly be “delivered” from, as the term originally indicated? Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born is one book you should read!
If you’re curious about how your Great Grandmother’s birth may have differed from yours, this is the episode for you. Ms. Cassidy became curious about birth when she realized how different her expectations of birth were from her mother and grandmother. In her book, she examines the changing landscape of birth from the Egyptian Siwa, to the Midwives in France’s Auvergne region, to current the current relationship between midwifery and obstetrics. So tune in to hear about changes in hospital protocols, pain relief, midwives, and more! You can decide for yourself, how much change we have made in childbirth and what changes we may still need to make!
Melissa Harris on Amazon is a fan, “I would hope that one would read some reviews before giving this book as a gift; I got a good laugh reading reviews by people who have given the book as a baby shower gift. Here’s a tip: don’t give this book as a baby shower gift. It isn’t a fluffy pregnancy guide or coffee table photo book of adorable tiny hands and little noses. This book shares information about the actual HISTORY of childbirth, which can be messy and pretty disgusting and/or disturbing! Did you not know that? If all you know about childbirth is the made-up, gorgeous, reclined, sweat-free actress in your favorite rom-com, this book will probably give you nightmares. Childbirth is a messy process, and there have been lots of horrible things that have happened over the centuries due to poor planning, hygiene, resources, and opportunities. I checked this book out from the library at 3 months pregnant with my second child, and bought it on amazon within a few days so I could highlight my favorite parts. I love the author’s documentary-like writing style and I’ve found myself staying up past my bedtime to get to the next era of history or freaky story. I guess I don’t have a sensitive stomach, because I am finding the stories to be fascinating even though I am pregnant. In modern times, in America, with so many choices available to me, I am not afraid of having to give birth amongst rats in a hot, dirty room with hay and rats covering the floor. We have some really amazing healthcare and technology (which we grotesquely overuse, but that’s another rant for another book), and I for one am fascinated by gaining knowledge about the ways in which other women in different times and places have given and continue to give birth. Women are truly amazing creatures.”
You can buy Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born on Amazon here.
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