Saturday, October 8, 2011

The History of Child Birth Practices

I can't help myself...I have to share. While researching the "Push Present" I came across some great websites on the history of child birth. I have enjoyed learning about the evolution of labor and delivery within society. It is interesting to see how far we have come in our knowledge and in some ways sad to see that we have forgotten some fundamentals of human nature.

Books

Rediscovering Birth by Sheila Kitzinger
I loved this book. This was an excellent collection of information and presented birth practices from all over the world. It analyzed the state of labor practices in America compared to the practices in other countries. It also looked at the roles of fathers, mothers, woman-to woman support, and doctors and medical professionals in the labor and delivery process. There were great illustrations and beautiful poetry.


Websites
Below is an awesome website that I found on the history of childbirth. It was really neat to see the way our attitudes have changed and how the birthing process has changed over time. It focuses mainly European and American cultures. There are some great pictures posted as well.
http://www.elenagreene.com/childbirth.html

The website below was very awesome. It talked about the birth practices of Native American women in the New York area.
http://teachinghistory.org/history-content/ask-a-historian/24097

This Website also gave a history of childbirth but more in a story like manner. I really liked the way that it was done. It was so much academic in style but it was still educational and imaginative.  It could use come pictures.
http://www.thehistoryof.net/history-of-childbirth.html

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