The Art of Being Born
The lying position for childbirth, with the legs up, was an exception until three years ago.
Women had children sitting in chairs, squatting down and on their knees. They lied down only when they were very tired, or in critical situations. For the various schools of European medicine, to make a woman lie downs during her labor was bad medical practice.
What is the difference between a labor in which the future mother can walk freely and is stimulated to do so, and when it is time for the birth gets in a vertical position, and labor in which the mother is conditioned to lie down and the moment of childbirth lies on her back with her legs up?