Category Archives: birth

Embryotomy – Fetotomy

If you are squeamish, you may want to skip this blog post. For those of you, who love gruesome stories, here you are: Not too long ago I reported on the origins of the C-section in this blog post. Meanwhile, … Continue reading

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How many mothers died in childbirth?

An international study recently revealed that a C-section rate of 19 per 100 live births (19%) is correlated with the best outcomes for mothers and children in the modern world. Although I am by no means a supporter of the … Continue reading

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The gruesome origins of the C-section

For a while now I have been collecting archaeological evidence for pregnant women of the Iron Age, as I proposed to speak on this topic at an Iron Age conference in November. As it turns out, graves of pregnant women … Continue reading

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Prehistoric child spacing

All parents who would like a sibling for their children probably wonder about the best time to enlarge their family. Today, we can chose to have children close together or spaced apart; the former approach ensures the children have playmates … Continue reading

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Eating the placenta: would you like yours raw, medium or well done?

BBC health recently entertained me with the headline ‘Eating your placenta does not bring health benefits’. I was glad to hear that. Although I never considered eating my placentas, I felt a little cheated after my own births because I … Continue reading

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Giving birth in the Iron Age

Neither historical records nor image sources illustrate what life was like for much of human prehistory. From the early Iron Age in Central Europe (c.800-400 BC), however, human representations capture some snapshots of the lives of the elite. As I … Continue reading

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Orangutan birth

Yes, I promised part two of “Sleep is overrated” and I hope to get to it later today, but first, I have to share this video of an Orangutan giving birth in captivity. It is fantastic to watch how she … Continue reading

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