posted on Jun, 24 2012 @ 04:35 PM
Originally posted by seeker11
Yep. How they have you lie on your back on those stupid beds is probably the MOST counter intuitive ways to give birth. Would you lie on your back to
have a bowel movement? Of course not... Squatting really seems like the best way to give birth....uses the natural force of gravity to give the woman
all the help she can get. Wish I could have done it that way!
And the reason why you are forced into such a position? Because it is more convenient for the doctor to see what is going on! As Sibyl mentioned,
Louis the 14 wanted to see his mistress giving birth, official 'dynastic' births were conducted in public, up until Marie Antoinette. As he would
not be allowed to attend his illegitimate child's birth, he instructed the physician to have his mistress give birth on her back so that he could see
the birth clearly from his hiding place. The doctor found that this position was more dignified, for him. Meaning that he didn't have to crouch on
the floor, he spread the idea amongst his mates in the profession and soon all rich ladies were being forced to get on their backs. And if the rich
ladies were doing it, then those in the lower classes were aspiring to it. With the exclusion of women from the practice of midwifery from the early
1700s onwards, it became standard practice. All for the male doctor's convenience.
I gave birth standing up, and it is now standard practice in the UK for all births to be as active as possible, but it has been a long road back to
natural birth. There is seldom any need for cutting, or other forms of intervention when the mother remains active throughout the birthing process.
It makes sense not only for mother and child, but also in terms of resources. I was out of hospital and home within hours of having my son. I think
that in the US, the greatest hinderance to natural birthing methods, is that the hospitals rely on the revenues that un-natural births generate. The
UK NHS of course favours it because it is much cheaper.