Charles Vance Millar, a Toronto lawyer, died in 1926 with no relatives. In his will, he left all his remaining assets (equivalent to $9 million CAD) to the woman who had the most babies within 10 years of his death, creating a “baby race” where woman competed to have the most babies.
In 1990, a woman gave birth on a plane with the help of a recently graduated gynecologist on the plane. And the baby went on to become a flight attendant at the same airline later.
Babies born in international waters have their birth place listed as “at sea.” Those born in the air where no country claims sovereignty are listed as “in the air”.
A blind mom was told that her baby had died during birth. Doctors gave the child, who was very much alive, to a new family.
A black, Nigerian couple living in the U.K. gave birth to a white, blonde, blue-eyed baby that they call the “miracle baby.”
One twin from a premature birth was declared clinically dead, came back to life after laying on his mother’s chest for two hours.
Nearly 1% of women in the U.S. claim to have given virgin births.
Compared with the 1960s, U.S. women have in 2000s spent two to three hours longer in labor, according to researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, who said the findings suggest doctors may need to rethink the definition of “normal” labor.
In a village in India, people plant 111 trees for every girl born.
Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes. For 75 years, Finland’s expectant mothers have been given a box by the state. It’s like a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys that can even be used as a bed. Mothers have a choice between taking the box, or a cash grant, currently set at 140 euros, but 95% opt for the box as it’s worth much more. And some say it helped Finland achieve one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates.
Every unborn baby grows a moustache in the womb, which then spreads to cover the entire body. The baby then eats this fine hair, called lanugo, and excretes it after birth with their first bowel movement, which is a substance called meconium.
During childbirth, the Huichol Indians would tie a rope around the father’s testicles and the mother would tug on it every time she felt a contraction.