water birth

Considering human beings have been giving birth since ... well, since human beings have been human beings, you'd think the ancient process would be sort of immune to trends. Popping out babies ain't exactly a walk down the runway, know what I'm saying? (And having popped out a couple myself, I feel qualified to say so.) But nope -- childbirthing methods are just as fickle as fashion, in a lot of ways. Think about it: In my grandmother's day, "twilight sleep" was all the rage; by the time I was born, it was all about "natural" birth. Now? There are more ways to have babies than ever, and they just keep on getting wilder. I mean, I consider myself to be fairly open-minded, but I'm nowhere near adventurous enough to try any of these latest fads!

More from The Stir: Childbirth Isn't as Scary as You Think

Not that I'm judging, of course. (Whatever floats your bump?) Read on to find out about 8 of the craziest new trends in baby-having!

Would you try any of these adventurous ways to give birth?


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