Down the Rabbit Hole

Index to photographs published in textbook and from other sources
to better understand the historic medicalization of childbirth in the US .


Photo Gallery #1 Normal physiology of childbearing pelvis and mechanisms of normal labor
 Conduct of a spontaneous birth at home attended by a doctor in the early 1900s

Photo Gallery #2 Contracted Pelvis from rickets, historical beginning of hospital-based childbirth,
routine or 'preemptive' use of Episiotomy & Forceps delivery, damage to mother's pelvic floor musculature

Photo Gallery #3 -  "Modern" childbirth, in which mother is not under the influence Twilight drugs
 (narcotics and scopolamine) during labor, dad is allowed to be in Labor Room and in Delivery Room.

Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1950s


  Holding area for work-in-progress  








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