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one should deliver a child by smearing one's hand with bone marrow and
helping the baby 'get through the road that is closed'. Both mother and midwife '
must follow the pain, keep quiet, and listen'. The mother should handle the baby
A much more likely problem is that the baby will have to be delivered by forceps,
and in most maternity units where elective epidurals are available the forceps
rate has shot up. In one London teaching hospital epidurals have increased from
Sheila Kitzinger. also watching . . . Dennis, Bob's close friend, poured
champagne . . . and Cathy served the birthday cake.15 The woman is
encouraged to adopt different postures, and in some cases delivery is effected
with her on all fours.
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