I've always wondered why human mothers are instructed to "push" when giving birth.
Every other animal just gives birth of it's own accord. Albeit perhaps from a different position with the help of gravity. You don't have to tell a giraffe to push.
But for some reason humans feel like mothers can only give birth through conscious will power.
Surely, if the mother just let the body do it's natural thing, the baby would come out just the same.
What's more, I would expect that if the mother was consciously "pushing" using the wrong muscles this would hinder rather than help the birth. (Does a woman even have mental control over this?)
Also, what's the rush? As long as the umblical cord is still attached, should it matter how long the birth takes?
When did this idea of telling the mother to "push" first start, and is it common practice around the world?
Here is an article which questions this idea: https://curiosity.com/topics/should-we-stop-telling-women-to-push-during-labor-curiosity/