Origin of Everything

Why Do Women Give Birth Lying Down?

Episode 11 | 7m 28s

When it comes to giving birth, the first image that comes to mind is a woman lying down on her back, but this wasn’t always the case. In fact the origin of the position we now most associate with women giving birth started as a procedure to remove gall stones in 18th century France. So how did this position become the gold standard for bringing newborns into the world?

Aired: 12/05/17

Rating: NR

Video has closed captioning.

Problems Playing Video?