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Our advice to the prospective mother must necessarily be ineffective, owing to her inherent tendencies and conformity to custom. The advice to have been effective, should have been given and more or less closely observed by her progenitor mother. This advice not having been followed, if given. has led to a change in her anatomy and lessening of her vital and physical forces. Then does it look plausible that we can supplant those inherent defects, if such there be, by advice and rules of habit to be followed during gestation or just prior to confinement, and make her delivery as of yore?
I answer, no. We can do much, however, by hints and suggestions suited to each patient, to lead the prospective mother up to her time of confinement in the best possible manner, considering her heritage, inborn customs and acquired habits of dress, providing, however, that our enjoinders be
MALSBERY JO. ADVICE TO THE PROSPECTIVE MOTHER ASSISTANCE DURING HER CONFINEMENT AND CARE FOR A FEW DAYS FOLLOWING.. JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(20):931–933. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440200021002d