From Cradle to Grave. Childbirth and Maternity. Lecture 14. Lecture themes. The ‘medicalisation’ of childbirth? Traditional childbirth – fear and ceremony (social childbirth) – lasts into 19 th and 20 th C? Maternal morality
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From Cradle to Grave
Childbirth and Maternity
The ‘medicalisation’ of childbirth?
puerperal sepsis ([post-partum fever) (40%), toxaemia (20%), haemorrhage (20%)
Sulphonomides – reduced infection, mid-1930s
War – blood transfusion and obstetric flying squads, ergometrine 1942 reduced deaths from haemorrhage
4 features that made ‘medicalisation’ of
childbirth more apparent: