At the turn-of-the-twentieth-century, as doctors in Los Angeles helped boosters promote an Anglo-only city of health, and doctors nationwide professionalized, complex cultural changes were happening in maternity care. Issues of race, class, gender, urbanization, eugenics, infant mortality, and the role of modern doctors influenced and complicated the developing maternity culture. Surprisingly, however, a strong counter narrative among physicians challenged accusations against women, while questioning procedures that doctors who valued surgical skills increasingly implemented into maternity care. This book focuses its analysis on "The Southern California Practitioner," a medical journal founded by influential Angelenos, that published the papers and discussions from local medical meetings alongside jokes, editorials, and articles, from 1886-1922. In its pages, an astounding number of doctors, including many women, contested predictable topics: eradicating midwives, promoting medicalized care, and supporting alternatives to mothers' milk. Gradually, this maternity culture developed within the region's colleges, hospitals, settlements, and public health services.
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About the Author
Jaclyn Ann Mahoney completed her Master's degree in American Studies at California State University Fullerton and earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Management at the University of Oregon. She is a co-founder of the nonprofit Daisy C.H.A.I.N. Creating Healthy Alliances In New-Mothering and a proud mother to her amazing and beautiful daughters. She is donating 50% of all proceeds from sales of this book to Daisy C.H.A.I.N.