DiscoverBirthing Instincts#356 A Look Back at the History of U.S. Childbirth
#356 A Look Back at the History of U.S. Childbirth

#356 A Look Back at the History of U.S. Childbirth

Update: 2024-04-10
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Blyss responds to a comment about safety and mortality. There will always be disputes about what safety means and to know where we are we need to know where we were. Today Blyss & Dr. Stu look back at childbirth in America over the last 300 years and try to sort through the accomplishments and clarify the statistics.

In an episode that's both a history lesson and a call to action, we reflect on the transformative journey of childbirth practices. Venture through time with us, from the days of home births and midwives to the formalization of hospital deliveries and the controversial medical interventions that followed. We peer into the darker chapters of obstetrics, acknowledging the exploitation that has tainted its history, and celebrate the triumphs that have led to significant declines in maternal and infant mortality rates. 

This is a story of advancement and advocacy, of reclaiming agency and acknowledging the past to better navigate the present. Let's continue this dialogue and foster a future where the instincts of birthing and the wisdom of midwifery guide us toward a safer, more empowered experience for all.

Key highlights:

  • Birth Choices and Maternal Mortality
  • History of Obstetric Interventions
  • History of Childbirth Practices in America
  • Evolution of Obstetrics and Childbirth
  • Declines in Infant Mortality and Interventions
  • Maternal and Infant Mortality Trends

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#356 A Look Back at the History of U.S. Childbirth

#356 A Look Back at the History of U.S. Childbirth

Dr. Stuart Fischbein + Midwife Blyss Young