19Anesthesia Was Not Available

When we talk about "natural" childbirth, many times we mean a new mom who has decided to forgo certain types of pain medication or a mom who is choosing a natural birth over a c-section. "Natural" back in the day was the only type of birth there was, however; anesthesia was

not an option for pregnancy until several years later.

Therefore, women had to go through the extremes of labour without a buffer, which often meant a hysteria of sorts. When anesthesia became available years later, it came with its own risks and complications, all of which would be deemed inhumane today.

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