An interview with Karen Rosenberg, Paleoanthropologist. This is a wonderful interview! Here you will 'hear' from the leading researcher about the best explanations we have for why humans experience birth as they do.
Why are our babies so helpless? This article from the Scientific American adds a further insight into human evolution and the implications. Are we born so helpless because it has cultural advantages? (a more pliable brain?) Is it a metabolic response?
We are intelligent and socially organised enough to support our helpless infants. Birthing upright, kneeling or squatting makes a massive difference to labour and birth. Freedom to move as feels right for the mother, being supported not directed or instructed, safe and protected, factors in too.
Holly Dunsworth has been considering this mythical 'obstetric dilemma':
The Obstetric Dilemma Hypothesis (this one contains a reference list at the end)
Labor Pains and Helpless Infants: Evolution or Eve (part one)
Labor Pains and Helpless Infants: Evolution or Eve (part two)
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