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We're really bad at making babies

Anatomical compromises from millions of years ago have made birth hard for humans.
why human pregnancy is difficult

Bump in the road.

Matt Johnstone

uman babies are born half-baked and vulnerable, and around 303,000 women died giving birth in 2015. No has such a brutal labor or an infancy so long and helpless. Some scientists blame our precarious reproductive state on 6 million years of evolutionary pressure—and the resulting biomechanical compromises.

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