Not because it’s the best position to give birth from
Television and movies tend to picture birth in a similar way. The mother’s waters break. She rushes to the hospital. There she lies down on her back in a hospital bed, in a brightly lit room, wearing a gown, surrounded by doctors and members of her family, screaming. …
Sometimes people have claimed the nursery rhyme Baa Baa Black Sheep is about race and the slave trade.
It’s not. It’s most likely a complaint about tax.
The economy of thirteenth century England was all about wool. The master in the nursery rhyme is Edward I, the King who introduced the Great Wool Tax in 1275. The dame is the church, who also collected a share of wool. And the little boy is the shepherd.
In the oldest surviving printed version the master gets two bags, the dame one, and the little boy none. He cries in the lane.
It’s amazing to think our children our singing songs complaining about a tax from over 700 years ago.