Things people used to believe about childbirth
Pregnancy and childbirth were not always events that were anticipated with excitement. The history of human childbirth is filled with both the known, and long-forgotten tales of women and babies who perished in its wake. Breech deliveries, childbed fever, and stillborn births are just a scant few of the risks inherent in women's role in keeping the human race in existence.
Ritual and superstition often played a significant part of a natural process that few had any control over. The histories of such rituals and beliefs are vast, with some parts of the world still practicing traditional rituals based not in science, but in culture.
Many of these historical beliefs about childbirth have been debunked by science. Others show just how intuitive midwives and birthing women have been for thousands of years.