Origin of Everything

S1 E11 | FULL EPISODE

Why Do Women Give Birth Lying Down?

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?

AIRED: December 05, 2017 | 0:07:28
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