Historical Childbirth Politics 1820-1980

The story I hate to tell: Dark History of Obstetrics (part 3)

by faithgibson March 6, 2016

Link back to part 2   Link to an “Aside” ~ Background material on standard obstetrical practices used on healthy low-risk women and consumer activism from 1950 to 1990. The material in the “Aside” is not included in other segments of this series. In the context of this lengthy essay, I want to point out that I’m […]

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The story I hate to tell: the Dark History of Obstetrics (part 2)

by faithgibson March 5, 2016

Link back to part 1 In the Beginning . . . . Let me begin this chapter by restating the obvious: My critique of the obstetrical profession is ONLY relative to historical and contemporary excesses and its institutionalized poor practices. Examples include the historical rejection of hand-washing by 19th-century doctors after aseptic principles were established […]

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The story I hate to tell and no one should have to hear: the Dark History of Obstetrics ~ overview (part1)

by faithgibson March 4, 2016

Overview (Part 1 of 7) Easy-to-share link ~ https://tinyurl.com/y5q26wbn Note: this link leads to the first post only.  To access sequential parts of the story, just follow the link at the bottom of each post. Faith Gibson, LM Former L&D nurse, MBC’s Midwifery Advisory Council 2007-2013  Part 1 Overview is broken into two consecutive posts […]

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XXX Quotes ~ #4 Dr. JWW’s book “Twilight Sleep: Simple Discoveries in Painless Childbirth” (1914)

by faithgibson September 5, 2015

A Call to Arms, Urging every man to “have a share in the beneficent movement” Whatever your position in the community, you can at least call the attention of your friends and neighbors to this vitally important matter. And it may well be expected that the response will be quick and keen; that knowledge of the […]

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XXX Quotes #3 ~ Dr JWW’s book “TS: Simple Discoveries in Painless Childbirth” (1914)

by faithgibson September 4, 2015

Aside by Dr Williams’ about obstetrical fees p. 81 “The laity should also be taught that a well-conducted hospital is the ideal place for delivery, especially in the case of those with limited incomes. “Moreover, they should learn that the average compensation for obstetric cases is usually quite inadequate; and should realize, … that doctors who are […]

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