Historical Childbirth Politics 1820-1980

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 […]

{ Originally posted in 2010 } https://tinyurl.com/ycee9xv7 This is a synopsis of my most important breakthrough in researching the history of obstetrical medicine in the US and its relationship with normal childbirth practices and midwifery in America. I discovered the missing piece of the puzzle in a small book published in 1914 ‘TWILIGHT SLEEP ~ Simple Discoveries in Painless Childbirth“ {original […]

Dr. J.W. Williams: Part 1-b ~ Inventing the Economic Engine for America’s private and corporate-owned Hospital System

by faithgibson February 26, 2018

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 J. Whitridge Williams’ 1914 book “Twilight Sleep: Simple Discoveries in Painless Childbirth” and other historical documents.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 […]

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Five-part historical series on the new American speciality of obstetrics & gynecology ~ 1900 to 1950s

by faithgibson April 9, 2017

This post includes links to 5 documents with historical quotes on different topics by obstetricians and professional journals during the first half of the 20th century (1900-1950s). These sources are describing the political and public relations campaign by obstetrical profession starting in 1910 to eliminate the practice of midwifery, and replace physiologic childbirth practices traditionally used […]

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Day 12: Historical & contemporary comments by physicians about midwives ~ 1820 to 2014

by faithgibson April 15, 2016

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 […]

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