The Geography and Politics of Maternal Care in the USA: Introduction
This chapter examines the geography and politics of maternal care in the US Though there was a higher doctor-to-patients ratio in the US than in Europe, it was not uncommon in the US during the 1920s to find that the only birth attendant was a neighbour with self-taught midwifery skills. This problem is associated with the scattered population and isolation of some communities, which are also the reasons why some immigrant communities have perpetuated their childbirth customs imported from Europe.
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