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.

Rock-a-bye baby
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!)


  1. I love it! But I don’t see why it should “hark back,” as midwifery and childbirth continue. I have attended dozens of births over the last 40+ years; next time I am present during labor of childbirth I will sing this song for the mother, with your interpretation.

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    • You’re right; it was a silly misstatement. My most recent birth was also attended by a midwife. It was the only time I was allowed to properly bond with my baby in the hour after birth. He’s the happiest, sweetest, and most well-behaved of my three children.

      No permission needed. 🙂

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