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Women's empowerment helped pave way for modern childbirth


March 25, 2018

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — In the 1950s young women were wearing poodle skirts, pinning up their hair and enjoying the start of rock 'n' roll.

But when it came time for childbirth they also were experiencing a state akin to the Twilight Zone — that is, twilight sleep.

Women were knocked out during childbirth by a combination of different drugs such as morphine or scopolamine that thrust them into a semi-conscious state and often took away their memory of birth.

Some women woke up not even realizing they'd had a child.

Expectant mothers in the 1950s and 1960s typically weren't actively in...

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