Why was medicalized painlessness in childbirth so popular in early 1900s USA?
Advocates demanded doctors use a drug nicknamed 'Twilight Sleep' to avoid pain in birth, but ended up causing excess suffering. Why?
In the early 1900s. expectant mothers travelled to Germany to test a new drug that offered the elimination of the memory of pain during childbirth. Through active campaigning, the drug was brought to the United States and used in hospitals. Following negative side effects, it quickly fell out of favor and pain relief in childbirth transformed.