Life: Ugh—Dead Babies

Never underestimate the power of romance.

Or in this case, specifically: Old midwives’ tales.

As you may know, the reason for lower “life expectancy” statistics in the past is that so many people died at birth or in infancy and childhood—not that the survivors didn’t get old; it’s more that there were fewer survivors after childhood.

I love statistics!

== PT
Begin forwarded message:

From: RG
Subject: NYT

And yet women keep doing it.
Which means a lot to me because we know a man who had severe brain and back damage from the process. He’s dying, now, at age 27.

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