Bizarre Birthing Device from the Past

This bizarre birthing device was actually patented on Nov 9, 1965. Was it ever actually put into use? It certainly wouldn’t have been the first time a strange and disturbing device or practice was used in the delivery room to “help” women have their babies.Yikes.


Apparatus for Facilitating the Birth of a Child by Centrifugal Force






Patent Description:

The present invention relates to apparatus which utilizes centrifugal force to facilitate the birth of a child at less stress to the mother. It is known, that ‘due to natural anatomical conditions, the fetus needs the application of considerable propelling force to enable it to push aside the constricting vaginal walls, to overcome the friction of the uteral and vaginal surfaces and to counteract the atmospheric pressure opposing the emergence of the child. In the case of a woman who has a fully developed muscular system and has had ample physical exertion all through the pregnancy, as is common with all more primitive peoples, nature provides all the necessary equipment and power to have a normal and quick delivery. This is not the case, however, with more civilized Women who often do not have the opportunity to develop the muscles needed in confinement.
It is the primary purpose of the present invention to provide an apparatus which will assist the under-equipped woman by creating a gentle, evenly distributed, properly directed, precision-controlled force, that acts in unison with and supplements her own efforts. In accordance with the invention, there is provided rotatable apparatus capable of subjecting the mother and the fetus to a centrifugal force directed to assist and supplement the efforts of the mother so that such centrifugal force and her efforts act in concert to overcome the action of resisting forces and facilitate the delivery of the child.




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2 thoughts on “Bizarre Birthing Device from the Past”

  1. Erm… so the idea is basically to turn mom into a slingshot, and shoot baby out. Who is catching baby, and how are they going to manage it?

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