We’re Having a Baby……but Not Like That

My grandfather was telling me a story of when he was in his first year of residency after he graduated from medical school. He said that this Indian (Native American) had come into the hospital because she was in labor. It was part of this woman’s culture to squat down and push the baby out so gravity was helping. He learned to deliver a baby on a table with her feet in the stirrups.

My grandfather said that he and this woman argued for 45 minutes on how she was having this baby: squatting down or in the stirrups. He eventually convinced the woman to deliver the baby in the stirrups because he was “hellbent on that she was having that baby in those stirrups.”

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