21-25 Childbirth Facts

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21. Bagels used to be given as a gift to women in childbirth. – Source

22. “Twilight sleep” was a practice that only lasted 2 years in hospitals in the early 1900s that caused psychosis and hallucinations during and amnesia after labor. Women giving birth had to be strapped down with lamb skin braces so they would have no bruises after. – Source

23. The signature smell of your own farts is determined by the bacteria picked up from your mother’s vagina during childbirth. – Source

24. Heroin was used in the 18th century by physicians to relieve the pain of menstruation and childbirth. – Source

25. Breaking a baby’s clavicle if its shoulder is stuck during childbirth is common, but no doctor wanted to put their name to the procedure, unlike other methods. – Source

26-30 Childbirth Facts

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26. Julius Caesar was more than likely to not have been delivered by Caesarean section since the procedure was only used when the mother had died during childbirth. – Source

27. There’s a maternity hospital in China that lets expecting dads experience labor pains. The ‘Pain Experience Camp’ offers fathers-to-be the chance to experience the pain of childbirth by giving them electric shocks through special pads placed on their bellies. – Source

28. John Snow was a Victorian physician whose achievements include designing the equipment to administer ether and chloroform anaesthetics, performing anaesthesia on Queen Victoria during childbirth, and being one of the first to propose that cholera was a water-borne disease. – Source

29. In the country of Azerbaijan, babies are bathed in salt water as it’s thought that washing newborns in salt water will make them strong, truthful and bold. Additionally, children’s fingernails and hair are only cut after their first birthday. – Source

30. The Egyptian goddess Tenenet is both the goddess childbirth and beer. – Source

31-35 Childbirth Facts

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31.  It is estimated that 1,500 women unknowingly and without consent underwent symphysiotomies during childbirth between 1944-84. It was supported by authorities, as it supposedly increased birth rates. – Source

32. The Lamaze technique used for helping women during childbirth is not evidence based medicine, but merely a placebo effect used to distract from the pain. – Source

33. The Huichol women would tie ropes to their partner’s scrotum during childbirth and pull on it to share the pain. – Source

34. In 1965 a patent was granted for a device that aims to accelerate childbirth with the help of centrifugal force. – Source

35. There are about 24,000 stillbirths every year in the United States. – Source

36-40 Childbirth Facts

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36. When Katey Sagal, who played Peggy Bundy on Married with Children, became pregnant, the show wrote an entire season around it. When she later had a stillbirth, it was written into the show as the whole season being a dream. – Source

37. One baby born with her hand by her head grabbed the obstetrician’s hand and refused to release it. – Source

38. Immunizing pregnant women against vaccine-preventable diseases is a highly effective and cost-effective way to ensure the health of their babies. – Source

39. Michigan women get a state income tax credit of $170 for every certified stillbirth. – Source

40. The numbers 4, 9, 24, 42, 43, 45 and 49 are considered unlucky numbers in Japan. 49 is considered especially unlucky as it can sound like ‘to suffer until death’. 43 is not used in Hospitals because it can translate to ‘Stillbirth’. – Source

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Last Update: September 8, 2017