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A very pretty idea exists among the Pahutes with regard to the coming of the child; they recognize the approaching time for the addition to their household and tribe, and seek to make preparation for the advent of the young stranger; that is to say, they endeavor to make his journey easy and expeditious with the least possible pain to the mother.
Like the Pahutes, the Chinese lay great stress upon the voluntary action of the child in his departure from the womb; thus the parturient is advised to remain quiet, especially not to lie upon her belly before the head presses upon the perineum; the belief being that the fetus executes every movement voluntarily and by his own force, and every motion of the mother, especially every compression, interferes.
The Pahutes also continue their ablutions frequently for days after confinement, mother and father both indulging in frequent washings in imitation of some original first parents, whom tradition informs them were very cleanly.
The Pahutes, the Brulé-Sioux, and the Umpquas conduct the labor in the family lodge, and the sympathizing as well as the curious crowd around at will.