Historical Childbirth Politics 1820-1980

Dr. J. Whitridge Williams: Part 4 ~ Selling his odd ideas about childbirth to the public & philanthropists

by faithgibson February 28, 2018

Part1-D Successfully selling the public, childbearing families, local hospitals & philanthropists on the idea of elective hospitalization and routine using Twilight Sleep drugs, general anesthesia, episiotomy, forceps and manual removal of the placenta on healthy women How the profitability of the ‘baby business’ was able to finance a nationwide system of full-service general hospitals and give rise […]

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Dr J. Whitridge Williams: Part 3 Elective Hospitalization ~ the basic economic unit for engine for America’s private system of hospitals

by faithgibson February 27, 2018

Part 1-C:  Dr. JWW’s invention of elective hospitalization of healthy childbearing women to generate revenue for upgrading and equipping general hospitals  How Dr. J. Whitridge’s Williams’ dream got started When Dr. Williams first graduated from medical school in 1888 he sailed to Europe so he could take clinical training in pathology and obstetrics in some of the […]

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Dr. J.W. Williams: Part 2 ~ Inventing the Economic Engine for America’s private and corporate-owned Hospital System

by faithgibson February 26, 2018

The source for the following information (Parts 1-B, C, & D) is 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 J. Whitridge Williams’ 1914 book “Twilight Sleep: Simple Discoveries in Painless Childbirth” and other historical documents.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 […]

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The Dream, the Motives, the Methods & Enduring Impact of 1914 book “Twilight Sleep ~ Simple Discoveries in Painless Childbirth ~ by famous American obstetrician: Part 1 ~ Overview

by faithgibson February 26, 2018

Easy short cut to sare –> https://tinyurl.com/ycee9xv7 { Originally posted in 2010 } I discovered the missing piece of the puzzle in a small book published in 1914 ‘TWILIGHT SLEEP ~ Simple Discoveries in Painless Childbirth“ {click above for access to the original source material}. It was written by Dr. J. Whitridge Williams, a famous obstetrician, with the help of […]

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Intro to an 8-part series on Dr. Williams’ 1914 book “Twilight Sleep”: Simple Discoveries in Painless Childbirth”

by faithgibson February 17, 2018

How I became a Time-Traveler, Storyteller and “Idiot Savant” on the unnecessary medicalization of normal birth by the obstetrical profession in the United States over the course of the 20th century and why this story matters to every American Easy Shortcut to share –> https://tinyurl.com/y8pgewkg The information in this 8-part series on Dr. Williams (original […]

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