I’m finished with this book! I loved it. I loved learning so much about the history of childbirth, where and how certain procedures and assumptions came from and more. If you have any aspirations to work in women’s health then I highly recommend this book. Below are some more of my favorite quotes from the rest of the book. Please note that some of these quotes are not listed because I think they’re fact. Remember, these were assumptions for a very long time and some of them are laughable.
Jacobson said Sylvia had suffered from psychogenic infertility. In medical jargon, that translates to infertility caused by one’s psyche. In plain speak, it means your thoughts made you sterile. the thinking was that repressed fears and hostility derailed brain chemistry.
The corpus luteum is part of the ovary that makes progesterone during the second part of the menstrual cycle and prepares the uterine lining to implant the egg.
An NIH study in the mid-1960s compared 249 couples with unexplained infertility who adopted children with 113 infertile couples who did not adopt. Some 35 percent of couples who were infertile and did not adopt got pregnant without drugs compared with 26 percent of couples after adoption.
One article included an anecdote about a married female lawyer who finally became pregnant when she switched to part-time work. The doctor had this to say about her: “After her attitudes towards herself changed, her pelvic physiology under went change and pregnancy then became a delightful anticipation rather than a hateful obligation”.
The researches did not say which came first, the depression/neuroses or the infertility, but it was assumed it was a brain-to-vagina route. A British study of 1000 women suggested that stress can clog fallopian tubes.
While each birthing guru preached a unique variant of natural childbirth, the underlying premise was the same: anxiety tenses muscles, and thigh muscles increase pain. Some researches taught women to relax muscles through exercise, some through meditation, some through religion.
Bing loathed the term “natural childbirth,” preferring the less-headline-grabbing but more meaningful sobriquet “prepared childbirth.” “Natural” sounded like a whole new approach, whereas “prepared” sounded as if they were simply informing you. Her mantra was “awake and alert.”
Unlike the English, who began to train nurses for midwifery, American doctors tried to get them off the playing field altogether.
A devout Christian, Dick-Read preached that the moment of birth should be a divine experience.
Dick-Read believe that perceptions influenced reaction. In other words, if you think childbirth is scary, you will tense your body and realize your fears.
Psychoneurotic women, he said, suffered during labor. Normal women gave birth easily. If one of his patients experienced a difficult birth, it was her fault for being a “selfish introverted woman.”
Yale would become one of the first US centers to launch a natural childbirth ward, thanks in part to a fortuitous confluence of eager nurses, obstetricians, and pediatricians swayed by Dick-Read’s dogma. It blossomed because of the young mothers themselves who demanded kinder, gentler births.
Wessle and the ladies pushed for rooming-in, the notion of having the baby stay in a bassinet with the mother rather than down the hall in a nursery.
One study found that 19.3 percent of 156 women who were coached for natural childbirth did not use any drugs at all.
Babies need to start as close as possible to mom for the mental well-being of both mother and child.
Maternal mortality dropped 70 percent from 1935 to 1948, and newborn deaths dropped by 40 percent.
Excessive bloating is a sign of preeclampsia, not a cause. These were the sorts of treatments that natural childbirthers would start to question. But the rest of the world was not ready for their scrutiny of medical authority.
One of the ongoing childbirth myths from antiquity right up to the 1950s was that dangerous things did not pass through the placenta or breast milk. That was nature’s gift to the perpetuation of the human race, or so it was thought.
Regarding the drug diethylstilbestrol (DES): The thalidomide saga shocked the world because it proved, for the first time, that drugs crossed the placenta.
A large meta-analysis of nine randomized controlled trials, including about 53000 women, found that continuous fetal monitoring was no better than using a stethoscope to hear the heart rate every so often. Several studies have shown that if a woman has a soothing caregiver by her side, labors tend to be shorter.
Cesarean section rates have increased by 46 percent in the past ten years without a comparable drop in maternal morality.
The fundamental philosophy of freebirthers is that female humans would give birth more easily if, like their nonhuman primate friends, they chilled out and if, again like their nonhuman primate friends, they were not surrounded by all the fuss of medical monitoring and doctors and midwives.
The upshot: women with doulas had shorter labors, 8.8 hours versus 19.3 hours, and were less likely to have cesarean sections, 19 percent versus 27 percent.
Ultrasound is energy, High doses are sued to heat and heal muscle injuries. It is used in other countries, but not the US, as an alternative treatment for cancer. If it’s therapeutic-or if it’s changing muscle physiology somehow-there is a chance that it could affect the baby, particularly at excessive doses for a long time. Doctors say that the low dose used for a few exams during pregnancy are safe, that the benefits outweigh any potential risk. They worry about excessive doses for long periods.
Artificial insemination is not new, but turning what had been a secretive medical treatment into a moneymaking business is.
Specific enzymes at the head of the sperm digest an outer portion of the egg, permitting entrance. It is called the acrosomal reaction.
Sperm swim about 30 micrometers per second, which means it would take a sperm 10 minutes to swim across the period at the end of this sentence.
It was not just the experiment but Sim’s newfangled notions about making babies that enraged the medical community. Women who got pregnant while knocked out with ether debunked the long-held notion that a couple needed simultaneous orgasms to make babies. He wrote that if great sex were necessary to make babies, humans would be fossils by now.