This is me giving birth to my daughter in 2007.
OK it isn’t. It’s a diorama from a museum in Mexico. Besides it’s totally different–at my birth the midwife was wearing cords and a t-shirt.
I wanted to post this because it’s kind of cool to see what women did “naturally” when they wanted to push a baby out. They leaned forward and bent their knees and squatted. (Actually studies have shown that without medication this is exactly what us modern Homo sapiens do too.) Squatting helps open the pelvis considerably. (And every millimeter counts at this particular moment.)
But squatting is actually pretty hard for us modern gals. Not because we’re lazy or built differently from our ancestors, but because we don’t tend to squat around the fire all day doing our work.
These days when women squat to push it might be on their hands and knees, or squatting in water where there’s some buoyancy to help, or maybe with a squatting bar or by leaning on a partner. It definitely happens and truly if you don’t have a reason to lie down, I’d say it’s more efficient and comfortable. Though “comfortable” is really not a word that comes to mind when I think of my own (mercifully brief) second stage labor.
It’s funny to think that in all of civilization’s advances, we still haven’t improved much on the good old squat for when it comes to pushing large things from your nethers.
Did anyone squat in childbirth? How did you do it?