Do you recognise this woman? Shot in the 1970s, it was just recently on exhibition alongside Tracey Emin and Paula Rego at the prestigious TJ Boulting in London.
Last week, I was dashing with arms greedily full of cakes and sandwiches, having placed my phone into the hood of my buggy, collapsing the buggy and handing it to the driver to stick in his trunk.
When I was little, I was curious about childbirth simply because it was never talked about. A woman would grow a baby in her belly, it would become a big bump, then one day, a baby appeared as if by magic.
Waterbirth might seem like a modern fad. Social media is full of images of women in the iconic blue blow-up pool, wearing bikinis and surrounded by loved ones, breathing their baby down with Hypno techniques.
What’s in the picture above? It’s a due date wheel.
Today, most births take place in hospital—at least in the modern Western world. Only 50 years ago, most births took place at home, but now it’s typical to pack your bag for hospital and deliver your baby on a maternity ward.