Sawbones: Birth


This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin are wrapping up their pregnancy series with the mother of them all: Birth.

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E.B. Lowry was a woman!

Love your show! I've recently discovered it and have been binge-listening to all the old episodes. I came across this one and can't resist pointing out that the doctor who wrote Your Baby (and lots of other guides about sex, marriage, and reproduction) was a woman -- Edith Belle Lowry. There were actually lots of practicing women docs around that time (at the turn of the century they were 5% of the total in the U.S., but they were over-represented in ob-gyn).

I wrote my dissertation on the ways that women shaped nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century gynecology and obstetrics, and you'd be surprised how many women were involved in the movements you sort of characterized as male-led -- hospital births, twilight sleep, etc. Super fascinating and complex. :)

birth topics

To continue in this vein you could do some on postpartum. Postpartum depression is a serious topic. Also the phenomenon of ladies forgetting the troubles of pregnancy and childbirth. Ladies with many deliveries report that in just a couple of months they forget the pain completely.

human pelvis evolution

Great show as always. I just want to add a little. You were talking about the human pelvis and wondering about the evolutionary process involved in its origin, but you didn't get to the real cause of our challenging childbirth - the twin evolutionary pressures of bipedalism and bigger brains. Here's an article, "The evolutionary origins of obstructed labor: Bipedalism, Encephalization, and the Human Obstetric Dilemma".
- Marta J, Chicago