Lesson 1 of 3
In Progress

Part 1: The Progression of Increasing Medical Intervention

January 28, 2024

This first part examines the progression of birth practices from natural beginnings in primitive cultures to increasing medical intervention and control over time, often for questionable reasons. It tracks how techniques like induction, drugs, and technological monitoring entered the scene and began undermining natural processes.

Key Takeaways:

  • Natural birth practices varied greatly among indigenous cultures, with some very hands-off
  • Men began intervening out of ignorance, using techniques that often caused harm
  • Doctors and barber surgeons eventually stepped in, bringing tools, holy water rituals
  • New views of women and pain during Christianity paved the way for more intervention
  • Tables, stirrups, and schedules brought control; made natural events “unsafe”