Historical Publications

https://tinyurl.com/y8udohl6 In the context of obstetrical history in the United States since the 1914 publication of Dr. J. Whitridge Williams’ little 128-page book {“Twilight Sleep: Simple Discoveries in Painless Childbirth”}, the “behind the scenes” information it reveals is the political equivalent of the Pentagon Papers, in that it shows us what was hidden and why. It’s […]

The following information comes from Dr. J. Whitridge Williams’ 1914 book “Twilight Sleep: Simple Discoveries in Painless Childbirth” and other historical documents.  In the early 20th century, Dr. J. W. Williams invented the economic engine that first created and now maintains America’s private, for-profit and most often, corporate-owned hospital system. This certainly is an odd heritage […]

Day 9: Historical & contemporary comments by physicians about midwives ~ 1820 to 2014

by faithgibson April 9, 2016

Day 9 ~ 1931 to 1934 1931 ~ A report published by the White House Conference on Child Health and Protection by the Committee on Prenatal and Maternal Care, noting the wide disparity between safe care provided by midwives and highly risky care of many physicians. The report’s physician-authors concluded that the care of midwives was safer […]

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Quotes #3 ~ Dr JWW’s book “TS: Simple Discoveries in Painless Childbirth” (1914)

by faithgibson September 4, 2015

Aside by Dr Williams’ about obstetrical fees p. 81 “The laity should also be taught that a well-conducted hospital is the ideal place for delivery, especially in the case of those with limited incomes. “Moreover, they should learn that the average compensation for obstetric cases is usually quite inadequate; and should realize, … that doctors who are […]

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Four topics – Quoted Dr J. Whitridge Williams’ book “TS: Simple Discoveries in Painless Childbirth (1914)

by faithgibson September 3, 2015

Physiological normalcy as an impediment to medicalization That word “physiological” has all along stood as a barrier in the way of progress. The truth is that in assuming an upright posture and in developing an enormous brain, the human race has so modified the conditions incident to child-bearing as to put upon the mother a […]

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