In the ancient world, children were born at home, not in a hospital. They had family to assist in this including a mid-wife some of the time. The pains and the delivery, extreme as they are, were familiar to many people. The writers of the bible use birth pains to suggest the sufferings that must take place before the salvation of the Lord appears ( Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the LORD shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies. Micah 4:10). The distress that accompanies the unfolding of the divine plan has been called “the birth pangs of the Messiah ( A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembered no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. John 1:21-22).