HHH column: Fathers in labour by Hieke Huistra
25 oktober 2021, door webredactie NVMG
Op de website van History, Health & Healing is weer een nieuwe column verschenen van Hieke Huistra, die onderzoek doet naar de geschiedenis van de verloskunde.
The HHH column is a blog in which History, Health & Healing members share their thoughts: on research, current affairs, and anything to do with medical history. Each author will invite a new author to participate in the conversation. Last time, Martijn van der Meer, PhD candidate at Erasmus University, passed the pen on to Hieke Huistra, assistant professor at Utrecht University.
Mrs V.d. K., mother of seven, already knew. Her eighth baby wouldn’t arrive as easily as the previous ones. As she told her midwife, who described the case in the main Dutch midwifery journal in 1938: “This time, it won’t be like the other times … I feel uncomfortable and the baby’s kicks are bothering me … it feels as if there is a full regiment of frogs in my abdomen.”
And indeed, when she went into labour, the baby just wouldn’t come out. After a full night of contractions, her husband fetched the midwife. But when the midwife arrived, there wasn’t a baby in sight yet.
Midwife and mother struggled to find a position that would both facilitate the arrival of the child and keep the mother somewhat comfortable. They had yet to find one that worked when the father entered the room, bringing…