By Mary Alvey Thomas
For pregnant ladies within the Thirties and Forties Dr Grantly Dick-Read (1890-1959) proposed normal childbirth because the `normal' solution to have infants, making medicinal drugs, tools and hospitalisation pointless. His e-book Childbirth with out worry, first released in 1933, mentioned the thrill of normal childbirth; ladies from all over the world wrote lengthy, distinctive and poignant letters in reaction, describing their very own stories in giving delivery. This edited choice of the correspondence affordsa infrequent examine childbirth stories within the hospitals and birthing centres in post-war the US and Britain from the viewpoint of the sufferer, as ladies speak about the best way they have been seen by means of society, by way of hospitals, and by means of physicians and nurses, and their very own emotions on childbirth; total, the booklet presents an enormous chance to guage the remedy of ladies within the Nineteen Forties and Fifties, the new release who gave delivery to the so-called `baby boomers'. Professor MARY ALVEY THOMASteachesat Bentley university, Waltham.
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Before I go any further I would like to say that I'm not trying to get a free consultation and that I'm not writing purely to be annoying but after reading your book, 'Childbirth Without Fear,' I genuinely need your advice and although I know that it isn't medical etiquette to do this, I can't quite see how else I can get in touch with you. ' Sister duly came along and I was taken along to a labour ward, prepared with the usual enema and shave, and then, as I was in no pain, other than a dull backache, was finally taken to the ward, given a dose of revolting tasting medicine and told to sleep.
I am sorry it has taken so long to reply but all my letters are a month behind. It does give me great satisfaction to read all you have said, and to know that this approach to childbirth which it has been my privilege to introduce to so many women, has been of service to you. Many women have told me that it is the nearest thing to complete spiritual revelation that a woman can possibly experience. My best wishes and thank you for sending me the cutting [of the article]. , Cantab. One child [a son], 9 years of age.
But if that is the case it does seem a pity when I have the ability to speak from experience, and that does carry weight to some one listening if you can say 'I know from my own experience'. [sic] My husband gets home at weekends, and my son is at school during the day, so I have plenty of time to study. I shall be most grateful, if you give me any advise, or at the moment it looks as if the whole idea of my desire to help will just fissile out. , Thank you very much for your letter dated 14th February.