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Module 3 Assignment
Grand Canyon University
HLT 324V
April 02, 2011

Nutritional Practices

Unconventional childbearing rituals have been around for many years. This history of childbirth explains some of these rituals. I cannot personally compare experiences with childbirth. I have yet to have a child. This Essay explores various methods of giving birth, and developed changes that have occurred since then.

We have advanced technology to deal with all kinds of labor. Being a medical professional I have seen especially difficult deliveries. There are many complications that a woman can have during the labor process such as: breach babies or obstructed labor. Our access to sterile procedures, diagnostic machinery, and modern equipment helps many women through these complications safely. Access to a variety of medication, has come a long way from giving the mother chloroform or a bottle of whiskey for easing pain. These women did not have a choice of who is with them during the labor, methods of decreasing pain, or infection free birthing areas. Today we are free to choose these things, except for emergent birthing situations. This is important, considering that all males were banned from delivery rooms until the mid-1900’s!

Men were not allowed anywhere near childbirth situations. There is a story of one Doctor, Dr. Wertt of Hamburg, in 1522, had the idea to dress up in women’s clothes to gain entry to a labor room. He was discovered and was burned at the stake for his effort! It was not really until the 1970’s that fathers were allowed into birthing rooms, and at that time it was not so that they could help, they had to stand in the corner and just watch! (The History of, 2008).

Many superstitions surrounded labor and birth, such as;

• There is record of a tale of one birthing…...

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