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So You're Going to Be a Dad, Revised Edition by Peter Downey

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A Good Day for a Birth

“When you do actually go to the hospital, don’t wear good shoes. They’ll only get ruined.”

A Brief History of Labor

Over the course of history, labor has changed.

In her classic Clan of the Cave Bear stories, Jean M. Auel describes life at the dawn of time. When the pregnant woman felt her first contraction, she was exiled to a dark corner of the cave with other women to writhe through the agony of childbirth on a mastodon-skin rug. Meanwhile, the “mate” and future father sat with the men of the tribe around the fire to discuss the day’s hunt. The men knew instinctively that labor was a “woman thing” and that this was not to interrupt their evening men-of-the-tribe chat around the fire. Many hours later, after all the ...

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