In The Roaring Twenties Prenatal Care Was Popular Because Daddy Military Recruits Were Being Rejected From Too Many Childhood Infections!

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Dramatic stories of the raging consequences of childhood diseases are popping up all over the internet, here's a story on whooping cough from ABC news. We have addressed the issues of maternal mortality and maternal consequences of diseases before. One of the most influential groups was the Josiah Macy Junior Foundation, which I had the opportunity of being part of one of their groups back in the early 1990s. But in gyno world we have two (at least) patients when it comes to pregnancy and an earler approach applauded by US senators and signed into law by President Warren Harding in 1921 was the US Act of Congress called  the Sheppard–Towner Maternity and Infancy Protection Act. . Medical care was thought to be lacking specifically because the military commanders of WWI were complaining they were loosing too many recruits because of the long term consequences of childhood diseases, and they brought the issue to the attention of law makers. Interestingly many a lauded gyno then got their start through this funding, like one Dr. Randall who made his way around small maternal clinics in Iowa. More on that story to come.

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