Is Texting While Giving Birth The Way Nature Intended?

As someone sans womb, I’m not terribly qualified to opine, but my guess would be that a text message is the last thing you want to deal with while giving birth. Not so! At least, according to some doctors.

After a Boston anaesthesiologist noticed a patient texting while popping out her newborn, Tina Cassidy, author of Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born, wonders if digital interconnectedness might be our modern substitute for the way women used to give birth – surrounded by family and friends. Studies show that being in the company of loved ones while a baby’s delivered releases oxytocin, a hormone that aids in labour. So the next time your wife/girlfriend/mum/sexting partner is in labour, squeeze her hand – and then put your smartphone in it. [NY Mag]