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Childbirth Evolves “You say you want a revolution”

The young pregnant women in the 70’s began to realize they wanted and deserved a better form of childbirth than what was available to them at their local hospitals. They wanted a more natural approach. The Lamaze techniques which started in France in the 50’s (from observations of the Russians) came to the US in the 60’s and made it into the mainstream of “flower children”. Although it wasn’t unheard of, that movement didn’t quite reach our neck of the woods in full force until the 70’s. Many medical staff were solidly unwavering in their principles and still wished to control the entire event.

The fathers were wanting.. and some rightfully so… demanding to be involved and included. The connection that was often witnessed between the couple was no short of amazing to me. I was young, very interested and eager to learn about this “natural childbirth”, so I often let the couples do what they wanted or had prepared and I offered help and support when I could.

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  1. I love your blog. I am waiting with bated breath for new posts! Attitudes toward medical childbirth often come across as so ahistorical, making me wonder how people didn’t learn lessons the first time around (and around and around). I can’t wait to hear more about how it was then (I was born when you began your career) and how it is now and everything you’ve seen in between.


    April 6, 2009

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