Historical Childbirth Politics 1820-1980

First in a 5-part historical series of quotes from early obstetricians, or from journal articles of the day, on the obstetrical perspective (as compared to physiological childbirth practices & principles of midwifery), as well as obstetrical policies and practices in the United States during the first half of the 20th century (1900-1950s). 1. Hx-Am-obstetrics-1_OBs-complain-not-respected-by-other-doctors_2010         […]

A 30-day series of quotes spanning two hundred years ~ click here to begin with Day 1 Speed readers and nerds can link to the entire series as a single long post   Day 12 ~ 2011 to 2014 2011 ~ Rachael Ward, director of research for Amnesty International USA and author of: “Deadly Delivery: The Maternal […]

Day 11: Historical & contemporary comments by physicians about midwives ~ 1820 to 2014

by faithgibson April 11, 2016

A 30-day series of quotes spanning two hundred years ~ click here to begin with Day 1 You can also read the entire series as a single post Day 11 ~ 1966 to 1985  1966 ~ Dr. J. Rovinsky, MD; foreword of Davis Obstetrics: “There is no alibi for not knowing what is known“ 1971 ~ Dr. Levy, […]

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Day 10: Historical & contemporary comments by physicians about midwives ~ 1820 to 2014

by faithgibson April 10, 2016

A 30-day series of quotes spanning two hundred years ~ click here to begin with Day 1 For speed readers and nerds, here is the entire series as a single long post   Day 10 ~ 1937 1937 ~ obstetrician and famous philanthropist Dr. Alan Guttmacher (associate professor of obstetrics, John Hopkins Hospital) from his book […]

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Day 8: Historical & contemporary comments by physicians about midwives ~ 1820 to 2014

by faithgibson April 8, 2016

Day 8 ~ 1917 to 1926   1917 ~  Dr. Levy, MD These figures [refers to statistics published in 1931 by Dr. Van Ingen and Dr. Josephine Baker for NYC] to certainly refute the charge of high mortality among the infants whose mothers are attended by midwives, and instead present the unexpected problem of explaining the fact that the […]

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