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One of the core reasons for this is actually a side-effect of the 'most intelligent beings on the planet' - we have very big brains. Evolution has taken us pretty much to the limit on size at birth - we are already almost the least developed physically at birth. Many mammals can walk an hour after birth, but we have developed large brains, and large heads. ...


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Humans are fully capable of having unassisted births, and many chose to have them. Tradition, herd mentality, increased medical knowledge, and (unfortunatly) economical gain have shaped the way child birth is carried out in the world today (with great variety), but the way we birth says nothing about our physical capabilites to do so on our own. It is ...


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Yes, this is what contractions feel like (although they get closer together, shorter, and stronger in labour). These could be Braxton-Hicks contractions ("practice contractions") and just a sign that she needs to slow down and rest more and stay well-hydrated. You can also have days or weeks of what is called "prodromal labour" before the real thing ...



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