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Uterine Atony

Uterine atony, also called uterine inertia is a pregnancy condition where uterine contractions needed for a normal whelping wimp out, leaving babies inside mama that require medical help if they are to survive. This girl carried seven growing puppies her womb. During their two month gestation period each pup develops inside its own vesicle, called the amniotic sac. The developing embryos float in the fluid like sea otters tethered to a mother ship by the umbilicus, the umbilical cord. This cord is the developing pup's link to survival; it brings oxygen to the fetus from the placenta, and plays a crucial role in the growing embryo's survival environment by transferring nutrients and oxygen f

Silphium, the Ancient Birth Control Plant

The symbol of the heart, that image we use, to show how much our heart swells for our loved ones, comes from an ancient seedpod, not the piece of muscle thumping inside our chest. “We can make love as long as we have silphium.” — Catullus (pp A. Bellows) The ancients loved this plant too much, driving it to extinction, leaving only a naked lonely heart symbol behind. This is a Greek coin minted in the North Africa city of Cyrene to celebrate the silphium plant. It became more valuable than silver because it allowed the ancients to thoroughly enjoy intercourse without worrying that sooner or later the lady is going to get pregnant. It was so valuable coins were minted to celebrate the fact si

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