Rock-a-bye Baby and Midwifery
Have you ever thought the nursery rhyme “Rock-a-bye Baby” sounds kind of scary for a lullaby? Here’s an interpretation of it that harks back to Midwifery.
In the treetop
(The network of blood vessels running prominently through the placenta has led midwives to call it the “Tree of Life.”)
When the wind blows
The cradle will rock
(The amniotic sac is the child’s “cradle.” The wind blowing could refer to contractions, preparing the child and sac for birth.)
When the bough breaks
The cradle will fall
(When the water breaks, the sac with the child in it begins to descend down the birth canal.)
And down will come Baby,
cradle and all.
(Everyone loves a happy ending!)