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The Chicago Maternity Center Story and The Fight for Life

The Chicago Maternity Center Story and The Fight for Life The Chicago Maternity Center Story Kartemquin Films, 1976. Producers: Jerry Blumenthal, Gordon Quinn, Jennifer Rohrer. Director: Jerry Blumenthal The Fight for Life Columbia Pictures, 1940. Producers: Pare Lorentz, Tommy Atkins, Elizabeth Meyer. Director: Pare Lorentz The Chicago Maternity Center, located on the Near West Side of Chicago, primarily served marginalized women. Between 1895 and 1973, it provided care to more than 100,000 women with impressive outcomes. Founded in 1895 by Joseph DeLee, one of the “fathers of modern obstetrics,” the Cen- ter offered some of the best available maternal and infant care in the United States. In 1937, the Center’s maternal mortality rate of 0.142 percent was well below the national rate of 0.59 percent, and infant mortality rates were similarly lower than national rates. The center closed in 1973, falling victim to childbirth’s medicalization and the corresponding movement of birth from the home to the hospital. This review explores two films that were created about The Chicago Maternity Center during its existence. They provide a history of the Center and document the takeover of childbirth by the medi- cal profession. The Fight for Life, released in 1940, provides a snapshot of the Center’s contribution to educating obstetrical residents http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

The Chicago Maternity Center Story and The Fight for Life

Nursing History Review , Volume 30 (1): 3 – Jan 28, 2022

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Springer Publishing
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© 2022 Springer Publishing Company
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1062-8061
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1938-1913
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10.1891/1062-8061.30.163
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The Chicago Maternity Center Story Kartemquin Films, 1976. Producers: Jerry Blumenthal, Gordon Quinn, Jennifer Rohrer. Director: Jerry Blumenthal The Fight for Life Columbia Pictures, 1940. Producers: Pare Lorentz, Tommy Atkins, Elizabeth Meyer. Director: Pare Lorentz The Chicago Maternity Center, located on the Near West Side of Chicago, primarily served marginalized women. Between 1895 and 1973, it provided care to more than 100,000 women with impressive outcomes. Founded in 1895 by Joseph DeLee, one of the “fathers of modern obstetrics,” the Cen- ter offered some of the best available maternal and infant care in the United States. In 1937, the Center’s maternal mortality rate of 0.142 percent was well below the national rate of 0.59 percent, and infant mortality rates were similarly lower than national rates. The center closed in 1973, falling victim to childbirth’s medicalization and the corresponding movement of birth from the home to the hospital. This review explores two films that were created about The Chicago Maternity Center during its existence. They provide a history of the Center and document the takeover of childbirth by the medi- cal profession. The Fight for Life, released in 1940, provides a snapshot of the Center’s contribution to educating obstetrical residents

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 28, 2022

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