In 1958, the article "Cruelty in Maternity Wards" was published in Ladies Home Journal magazine. The article exposed the ways in which women were being mistreated in maternity wards. Some quotes from women interviewed for the article include: "They give you drugs, whether you want them or not, and strap you down like an animal”. ”I’ve seen patients with no skin on their wrists from fighting the straps”. “My baby arrived after I had lain on the table in delivery position nearly four hours.” These quotes illustrate some of the issues in maternity care at the time.
This article lead to a several movements that aimed for positive change in maternity wards and the care of pregnant women in health fields, It also lead to allowing husbands to be present in the delivery room, something that was not allowed, or was seen as unnatural, for most of history.
Stubbs, Sheila. “Cruelty in Maternity Wards.” Wise Woman Way of Birth, Wise Woman Way of Birth, 10 Mar. 2010, wisewomanwayofbirth.com/cruelty-in-maternity-wards/.
Professionals, Childbirth. “Do We Still Need a Childbirth Movement?” Childbirth Professionals International, 10 May 2018, thechildbirthprofession.com/childbirth-movement/.