lecture 6- soc 244 - oct 11 2011
What Birth has done for doctors (wertz, 1983 ) - before the bacteriological precautions-
before those discoveries very little clinical medicine could be described as scientific.
many people practiced and had minor surgeries in the barber shop. - they were easily
accessible and they were restricted drugs like they are today.
- they would be performed at home or they would go to the local barber surgeons.
- birth was not fatal - some barber surgeons 0 would insert a type of lever against the
babies impacted head to take out the baby out of the kennel - slide 3
- early birth steps were clearly designed - wrapped in leather - and you cannot sterilize
leather - having this tool could cause infections- the Chamberlains constructed this.
slide 4 - increasing medicalization of birth - let the women take her time in having a child
- first specialized chairs, clinical places were in the area in American Medical Schools.
-women that gave birth in hospitals were unmarried or single women.
- this encouraged middle and upper class women and could afford the fees of a doctor and
it became common for a doctor to help a women give birth at home.
- slide 5 - list of money to be early a major impetus .
- there was a great deal of money being made for male doctors.
midwives - upper and middle class became a status for a doctor to come visit during
labour and birth.
- there was this empathies for invitations of this event as well.
- men controlled the field of obstetrics. So child birth became an exclusively medical
process - and became to practice at the margins of birthing.
main reasons for decline of female midwife - slide 7 - disco