We have come a long way since the ancient art of midwifery made its contribution to bringing about evolution in birthing process. However, apart from it, there are other birthing rituals that are so shocking that you'd reconsider everything that is human.
Modern day birthing techniques provide far more convenience and comfort than you can possibly imagine. I know, you are considering that how worse it possibly get...well, it is gonna hurt your brain really, really bad.
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Though, giving birth is a very intimate and private moment. Once upon a time, the monarchs of England gave birth in front an audience just so that they can ensure that the baby is royal blood.
It was either done by getting the mother's blood sucked by leeches or cutting their veins as the physicians back then believed that bloodletting is a vital way of reducing fever in women.
The practice of spitting warm water on a newborn baby, for keeping them safe from the evil spirits and ensuring that they are not taken away during the night, is quite common in parts of Africa and Bulgaria.
In the Maharashtra region of India, tossing the baby off a 50-feet-high temple shrine makes sure that it is strong. The baby is exposed to shock and injury through this.
In the past as well as today, it is believed that consuming one's own placenta will provide unbelievable strength to the mother. This practice is adopted by the people in India, Jamaica, China, and even the United States.
This practice has been accepted in the parts of Japan, China and India. It was considered as a way of showing affection. Shockingly, it was much more acceptable than kissing the baby's face.
The mother was to stay mum throughout the delivery process as supporting women moaned and cried instead of her, considering that making unnecessary noise during the birth can negatively affect both the child's and mother's life.
In contrast to what is practice today, the umbilical cord was left uncut after the delivery. It falls off on its own a week later. This leads child subject to a sickness that might transfer through the rotting umbilical cord.
Mostly associated with poverty and social status, a pregnant woman is supposed to birth without any assistance under this practice.
It often led to a miscarriage, serious complications and even the death of the mother.