Historical Childbirth Politics 1820-1980

Prologue & Index ~ 8-part series on famous obstetrician & his 1914 book outlining his plan to monopolize and monetize childbirth services by inventing “elective hospitalization” for healthy maternity patients as ‘paying customer’ & to re-define normal birth as a surgical procedure

by faithgibson February 14, 2018

Note from the author: I first posted these essays in 2010, just two years after first reading Dr. J. Whitridge Williams’ 1914 book “Twilight Sleep: Simple Discoveries in Painless Childbirth“.  When his small, 128-page book was published in 1914, Dr. Williams was highly accomplished as an obstetrician and well-known as the author of “Williams’ Obstetrics” […]

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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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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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