Historical Childbirth Politics 1820-1980

From the archive, originally posted October 11, 2003 Ending a Failed Medical Experiment: A 100 Years of Flat Earth Obstetrics Based on Unsafe & Unscientific Maternity Practices ~ Our Goal ~ Principles of physiologically-based care as the American standard for healthy women with normal pregnancies ~ Our Plan ~ To develop effective political strategies and […]

Stanford Continuing Studies Class, 2008 Narrative non-fiction writing assignment A Truthful Account Interview Questions for a former Labor and Delivery Room nurse What is your name and date and place of birth? My name is Bonnie and I was born in 1943 at Mt Carmel Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. When did you did you decide […]

2. How to tell the last & most important UNTOLD story of the 20th Century – the danger of routinely using obstetrical interventions on healthy women w/ normal pregnancies

by faithgibson July 2, 2022

Reading time ~ 10 minutes ============================== The last and most important UNTOLD story of the 20th century!  The perfect storm that turned healthy women into the patients of a surgical specialty and normal childbirth into a surgical procedure This was the most profound change in childbirth practices in the history of the human species. ============================== […]

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Maternal Mortality ~ Of Blind Alleys & Things that Worked: History’s Lessons on Reducing MM

by faithgibson August 27, 2021

Originally published in an European medical journal 3. https://www.eldis.org/document/A12686 –> This chapter from ‘Safe Motherhood Strategies: a Review of the Evidence’, published by the Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITG), analyses the conditions under which the industrialised world has reduced maternal mortality over the last hundred years. Preconditions appear to have been early awareness […]

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Maternal mortality in the past and its relevance to developing countries today | The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition | Oxford Academic

by faithgibson January 17, 2021

Maternal mortality in the past and its relevance to developing countries today Irvine Loudon The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Volume 72, Issue 1, July 2000, Pages 241S–246S, https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcn/72.1.241S Published: 01 July 2000   Spoiler alert:   Midwives: Yes! Over the last two hundred-plus years professional midwives as a normal part of the maternity care system […]

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