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September 23, 1950

Anxiety in Pregnancy and Childbirth

JAMA. 1950;144(4):356. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920040070042

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This book was published with the sponsorship of the American Psychosomatic Society, Inc., and the approval of the editorial board of Psychosomatic Medicine. The authors attempted to find out what the specific attitudes, misconceptions, superstitions and anxieties of pregnant women might be. For this purpose they carefully studied 27 primigravidas at the Long Island College Hospital. The age of this group was highly favorable for having a first child because two-thirds ranged from 17 to 24 years of age. The entire group of women had few or no intellectual interests and were educationally prepared for only routine types of occupations. They regarded their inevitable goal in life as finding a husband, marriage and childbearing. Most of the women were ambivalent about conception and had become pregnant without plan or design. It became apparent to the investigators that an unplanned child is not the equivalent of an unwanted one. The preference

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