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August 23, 1913

Need for Inexpensive Obstetric Nurses

JAMA. 1913;61(8):617. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350080093025

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To the Editor  :—Something should be done to enable women of seanty means to receive decent care during confinement. Everything is being done in the way of intelligent care for the women who are giving birth to illegitimate children. This is as it should be, for although it is a stain on the woman's virtue, she is not so vile as the married woman who murders her offspring in her womb. The honest wife of the working man has to "grunt and sweat under her heavy load" and if she dies for want of care the blame is unjustly placed on Providence. Trained nurses cannot be obtained for the wife of the working man because the mainstay of the family cannot pay the price. There should be training schools for women who would devote their work to taking care of the working man's wife, during confinement, at a reasonable charge.

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