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20 Beautiful Baby Traditions From Around The World

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Traditional Midwives

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In Germany, births are still presided over by midwives. They do it all. In the hospital, the midwife helps Mom decide between going without pain meds or calling for medical assistance. She does acupuncture. She does massages. It’s not unheard of for the midwife to practice essential oil therapy. The doctor only gets involved if there’s a serious complication that may require an intervention like surgery. When we say she does it all, we mean all. There are no nurses in most delivery wings. A mom isn’t passed to nursing care until she enters recovery. These traditions are gaining steam in America. In Germany, they’ve been firmly in place for generations.

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