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Why Do Women Give Birth Lying Down?

  • Aired: 12/05/2017
  • 07:28
  • Rating: NR
When it comes to giving birth, the first image that comes to mind is a woman lying down on her back, but this wasn’t always the case. In fact the origin of the position we now most associate with women giving birth started as a procedure to remove gall stones in 18th century France. So how did this position become the gold standard for bringing newborns into the world?
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