A Colonial birthscene of the early 19th century. Illustration shows a seated man holding the mother from behind as she braces her feet against two chairs on which two women sit. The women pull the mother's arms while bracing themselves against her knees. In the midst of all of this a figure kneels between the mother's legs awaiting the baby. Illustration circa 1800.
The national midwifery norms we know today were shaped by hundreds of years worth of history within the U.S. - and they’re pretty skewed from the “norm” of other westernized nations. Here's what you need to know about it's dark history