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The Greeks may have invented an intra-uterine device, since a hollow lead tube
filled with mutton fat was sometimes inserted into the cervix to hold it open, but
we are not told why. A vinegar douche was also used by women in ancient
his assistants had to go 'in single file', on coming out they can travel 'four abreast'.
The cervix (the mouth of the uterus) is dilating as it should. Through the
psychodrama of myth the shaman gives to the labouring woman a metaphoric
When labour is able to start naturally the woman is not only physiologically ready,
with a soft and partially dilated cervix, but is also emotionally 'ripe' to become a
mother and to respond to her baby in an appropriate manner, partly because of ...
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The Motherhood Trap
Mothers in the Social System
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