20Home Births With Or Without A Midwife
Obviously, medical practices were not yet honed in the early 1900s. Doctors were still a relatively new concept and many "medical" beliefs were loosely based off science, and fully rooted in religion or superstition. This made labour much more of a risky medical issue than what it is today since
there were no cures, solutions, or perfected surgeries.
More often than not, it was surprising when a birth went off without a hitch. Midwives were just beginning to gain popularity but still did not become the answer to that which many were unfamiliar with. It was a tough situation, one that usually took place at home, as hospitals were deemed to be inferior and infectious.