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Sunday, 30 September 2012



Aristotle believed that the womb is divided into two halves, one for boy babies, the other for girls. 
He said that a woman wishing to conceive a son should lie on her right side, or on her left for a girl.

The Aztecs regarded childbirth as a form of battle with the gods to win her child's life—Mothers who succeeded were celebrated, while women who died in childbirth were thought to become vampiric monsters called Cihuateteo, which stole other women's children.

In Sigershaufen Switzerland during the early 16th century a pregnant woman Frau Nufer was having considerable trouble delivering her child, possibly because of the baby's position. In great distress her husband Jacob watched his wife's labor going from bad to worse, without her being able to give birth. A sow-gelder, by trade on the spur of the moment he took a razor and cut open the uterus to release the baby. Legend has it that Julius Caesar was delivered this way and it is thus being referred to as a Caesarean operation.

Virginia Dare, granddaughter of governor John White of the Colony of Roanoke, became the first English child born in the Americas on August 18, 1587.

Nicholas Guy (fl. 1612 – 1631) was one of the first settlers at the London and Bristol Company's Cuper's Cove, colony in Newfoundland. He was the father of the first English child born in Canada. 

The first successful Cesarean in Britain was performed on farmer's wife Alice O'Neal in January 1738.

Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were both born on February 12, 1809.

Dr Alexander Lion, from Nice France, who devised the first incubator for premature babies in 1891, helped 137 babies to survive in the equipment’s first three years. To encourage interest in the technology, he also began displaying newborns in their incubators to the paying public

Mrs Margaret Evans of Miami became the first mother to give birth on an aircraft flight on October 26, 1929. She named the baby Airlene.

The first quintuplets to survive infancy were born in 1934 near Callander, Ontario, to Oliva and Elzire Dionne.

Peruvian Lina Medina became on May 14, 1939 the youngest confirmed mother in medical history at the age of at the age of five years, seven months and 17 days. Her parents, who assumed their daughter had a tumor, took her to a hospital where she was then found to be 7 months pregnant. 

Medina's son weighed 6.0 lb at birth and was named Gerardo after her doctor. Gerardo was raised believing that Medina was his sister, but found out at the age of 10 that she was his mother. The biological father who impregnated Lina was never identified.

Jerry Springer was born in a London Underground station during World War 2.

Leontina Albina of San Antonio, Chile, gave birth to her 55th child in 1981, making her the world’s most prolific mother.

John Buster and the research team at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center announced in 1984 history's first embryo transfer, from one woman to another resulting in a live birth.

America's Bobbie McCaughey holds the record for giving birth to the most surviving children from a single birth. She gave birth to the first set of surviving septuplets (four boys and three girls) in November 1997, at the University Hospital, Iowa, US.

Jayne Bleackley gave birth to Joseph Robert on September 3, 1999, and Annie Jessica Joyce on March 30, 2000. The babies were born only 208 days apart, setting the record for the shortest interval between two children who weren't twins.

Inés Ramírez Pérez, a pregnant Mexican woman from the state of Oaxaca, was experiencing delivery complications. At midnight on March 5, 2000, she drank three glasses of hard liquor and then gave herself a Caesarean section with a kitchen knife. The mother and child both lived. She had no medical training.

Omkari Panwar, a 70-year-old grandmother from India gave birth to twins on June 27, 2008, setting the world record for the oldest mother. Omkari delivered a boy and a girl after she underwent IVF treatment, which cost 350,000 rupees (£4,375 or $9,000) - a small fortune in India. To pay for it Charan mortgaged his land, sold his buffalo, spent his life savings and took out a loan.

Rajo Devi Lohan is the world's oldest first-time mother. She gave birth in November 2008, following controversial IVF treatment, at the age of 69, then nearly died from complications with the delivery.

The shortest woman to give birth is American Stacey Herald, who is 28.5in tall (2ft 4in). She gave birth to three children, Kateri, Malachi and Makya. At birth, Makya was 18in long, more than half her mum’s body length, and weighed 4lb 7oz.


255 people are born every minute, according to UNICEF.

Worldwide, the average woman gives birth to an estimated 6.89 children.

The highest fertility rate is in Niger, where women give birth to an average of 6.62 children in 2016. The lowest is Singapore at 0.8 per woman.

The population was fewer than 1 billion in 1800, 3 billion in 1960 and 6 billion as recently as 1999. It is now over 7 billion.

When your mother was born, she was already carrying the egg that would become you.

Our eyes are always the same size from birth but our nose and ears never stop growing.

You once held a world record when you were born for being the "Youngest Person on The Planet."

Only 4% of babies are born on their actual due date.

Aphids can give birth 10 days after being born themselves.

The chances for a mother giving birth to quadruplets (four Childs) are almost 1 in 600000.

Normally there are born 94 females to 100 males. But among quadruplets there are 156 females for every 100 males.

More babies are born in August than in any other month.

Human babies are born two months prematurely for our size and lifespan, to accommodate for the fact that we have large brains during birth.

Traditional Egyptian Sebous—post-birth naming ceremonies—may include scaring the baby with loud noises to teach courage.

In China, the day a child is born it is considered one year old.

While just 1.36% of U.S. babies born in 2012 entered the world at home, about 95% were born at home in 1900.

Approximately one out of every 55 women from Canada give birth in their car on the way to the hospital or clinic.

22% of American women aged 20 gave birth while in their teens. In Switzerland and Japan, only 2% did so.

A 41-gun salute is the traditional salute to a royal birth in Great Britain.

Pixar lists all children born during the production of their movies in the credits as "Production Babies".

Sources, International Business Times, Daily Express

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