Midwives Are Often Safer Than Docs–Why Don't They Deliver More Babies?

This month, Britain's national health service advised women with low-risk pregnancies that it was safer to give birth under the supervision of midwives than doctors, as the latter are more likely to perform interventions like forceps deliveries and cesarean sections that carry risks of infection and surgical accidents. » 12/17/14 9:20am 12/17/14 9:20am

This adjustable chair let 18th-century women give birth in something…

From the ancient times until the 1800s, many women gave birth with the aid of parturition chairs, specially designed seats that allowed women to sit upright or recline while giving birth. This particular chair had padded leather rests for the mother's legs, but the parturition chairs came in a number of flavors. Some… » 11/18/12 9:00am 11/18/12 9:00am