_Svenska Dagbladet_ has “a review”:http://www.svd.se/dynamiskt/kultur/did_14521810.asp of a book about European demography, _Barren States,_ in which I found the following anecdote:
bq. In Russian, mothers are also young: a woman of 27 is considered too old to give birth vaginally, and encouraged to have an abortion, or at least a caesarian section. When one 27-year-old woman insisted on giving birth vaginally and then complained of the pain, her doctor was outraged: “Of course it hurts!”, he said “It’s meant to hurt. What does a woman of your age expect? You could have been a almost grandmother by now and instead take it into your head to have a baby! What did you do when you were 20? Ran around and had a good time? It wouldn’t have hurt so much _then._ But you women just want to earn money, earn money, and then you complain that it hurts!”
I’ve heard some startling stories of Russian medicine, and misogyny, over the years but this is in a class of its own. God help the internet if the women who post at “unfogged;”:http://www.unfogged.com come across the story: it would be pissing on potassium.