Friday, January 16, 2009

When Childbirth Was Natural, and Deadly

This January 10th article by Druin Burch in Natural History Magazine concentrates on the history of diseases that were associated with deaths in childbirth, but if nothing else, it provides yet another reminder that while women may indeed have been giving birth since the beginning of time with bodies that were designed to do so, natural birth has always been inextricably associated with death too.

Pregnancy is risky; childbirth is risky. It is a woman's progagative to decide which set of delivery risks (vaginal or cesarean) is most tolerable to her.

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