My mom and I were talking about natural birth yesterday (she shares a distrust of doctors and the medical community, and she had all 3 of her children in the hospital, but without pain medication
). I told her I was planning a waterbirth, and she was intrigued, and we had gotten into some of the history of birth like why women birth on their backs with doctors, etc. Well, she then asked me where waterbith comes in, historically? She mentioned that midwives have been used for thousands of years (you see mention of that early on in the Bible, etc.), and she mentioned that in some cultures, women go off by themselves to birth (UC), but she couldn't think of any waterbirth in history, and I couldn't either.
So has waterbirth been the norm in some cultures historically? One thing my mom mentioned... You never see land animals go off into the water to birth.
She didn't have a problem with waterbirth or anything. She was just interested in the historical aspect. And I'm of course planning a waterbirth and think it will be wonderful, but the historical aspect intrigues me too. Just a curiousity question!
The way we do it today, the water is usually heated to body temp, and it seems like it'd be hard to find a natural body of water that's body temp, so a historical waterbirth would likely have been in cold water. So I'm curious about that too... does the cord still function in cold water?