... almost literally!
Husband and I began the first night of four (over the next few weeks) of child birth classes. The lady teaching our class was a trip. She said that she would only be teaching that first night -- which I am kind of bummed and glad about. She recently retired as a nurse and is a spitfire. I was pretty sure she was on something - not really, but you know what I mean.
We had to laugh when she was telling us stories of what kinds of things they used to give women in labor back in the day when she started her nursing career. One in particular was the giving of alcohol and moms would just be drunk as a skunk when they delivered. I cannot remember if it was to slow contractions or to get them to relax or what. But she did a great impersonation of what this might look like. She agonized over the fact that it would tap right into the main IV line. It was kind of funny.
So, we are thankful that there have been other advances in medicine since then.