Home births were the norm in aeons gone by. But by the turn of the 1900s, hospital births started becoming more common. It is estimated that nowadays, home births account for only one percent of all deliveries. However some developed countries have well-organized programs that support home births, recording slightly higher regional statistics.
Each woman has their own unique bleeding pattern. The definition of what is normal is thus related to the already established bleeding pattern in each individual. A pattern that veers from what you are used to, in terms of increased amount and duration of bleeding, may be defined as heavy periods. But generally speaking heavy bleeding may be defined as: bleeding lasting more than a week; soaking more than one sanitary pad within an hour and for several hours; passing huge blood clots; restriction of daily activities due to heavy bleeding; and easy fatigue due to loss of large amounts of blood.
With advancing age, there is a gradual decline in the female hormones which play a significant role in pelvic organ function. Thus prolapse symptoms are more common towards the menopause. Some women may have an inherent muscular weakness, though is rare. Lifestyle factors like obesity and smoking are also predisposing factors to pelvic prolapse.