People always talk about America having the best health care in the world. But do we have the best childbirth techniques? Is low tech better in some cases?
To commemorate the release of the new book Childbirth Across Cultures, our friends at Parenting.com have tried to find The Best and Worst Places to Give Birth!
"Nepalese women, for instance, are sometimes pressured to push the baby out before their bodies are ready.
Hmong women must give birth alone, without expressing any pain or discomfort.
Tibetan women often give birth in animal pens.
If Bangladeshi women give birth in a hospital, they’re often berated by the staff and prevented from reciting religious verses that they traditionally use as a source of comfort and pain management."
Eesh! Sounds pretty scary! But are there any cultures with traditions that don't make us want to run for the hills? They write:
"The Navajos have a beautiful, if rare, tradition of home birth, where the mother and father labor together while a traditional healer performs blessings."
For the rest of The Best and Worst Places to Give Birth, make sure to check out Parenting.com!