There’s another doco about this topic called “A Walk to Beautiful”. It’s aired a number of times on PBS, and you can get the DVD on Netflix. It is excellent.
My mom’s oldest brother was born at home in 1930, and had they been in a hospital, Grandma would have had a c-section. IDK what happened, but it must have been a nightmare. My uncle was no worse for the wear; he had a very successful career in insurance, ran marathons for many years, and just turned 85 a few weeks ago. So, my other uncle and mother were born in a hospital, both with no complications, but they didn’t want to take any chances.
Whether a c-section is necessary or not is a debate that has been raging since the late 1840s, when the discovery of surgical anesthesia made the procedure feasible on living women. The discovery of spinal anesthesia 40 years later made it even safer (and interestingly, the first agent used for this was cocaine).
There used to be a hospital in New York City that was devoted solely to the repair of obstetrical fistula; it closed ca. 1900 because improved medical care drastically reduced its incidence. However, I personally know a woman who had one about 35 years ago when her 10-pound son was born vaginally after a very rapid labor, and she had a 4th degree tear that didn’t heal completely. :eek:
Dr. Richard Sacra, one of the American missionaries who got Ebola last year, lived in Liberia for many years and travels back and forth to work at a hospital in Monrovia. He doesn’t do OB care here - he’s a family practice physician - but when he’s over there, he mostly does c-sections, often on women who have been in labor for a week or more. :eek: Most babies there are born at home, without any problems, but when something goes wrong, it goes REALLY wrong, and in most areas, there isn’t much that can be done about it. That’s the way things used to be in this country, too.
Here’s a presentation he gave at a private school in his hometown several months after his discharge from the hospital. Someone on another board said, “No offense, but why is this clown wearing pajamas”? and I replied, “He’s not wearing pajamas. He’s wearing native Liberian attire.” He talks about what he did over there.