Here is an interesting article from the May 1946 edition of Woman’s Home Companion. It tells the story of a labor shortage at the beginning of the post-war baby boom. According to the article, there were 2,800,000 births a year in the US with only 2500 obstetricians.
The article explains that modern mid-wifery is the answer to the problem. Also known as a nurse obstetrician, the trained medical professional can deliver one’s baby at home.
The process involves a meeting with the mid-wife early in the pregnancy. She will educate the mother-to-be on the child birth process and help to answer questions. When the baby is delivered, she will have the support of a hospital or medical center if a problem occurs.
The article gives credit to Hazel Corbin and her maternity center association which started the first school for nurse-midwifery in 1939.
The article, written by Howard Whitman is available for download below.