From Home to Hospital: The Evolution of Childbirth in the United States, 1927-1940

@article{Thomasson2004FromHT,
  title={From Home to Hospital: The Evolution of Childbirth in the United States, 1927-1940},
  author={M. Thomasson and J. Treber},
  journal={Health \& the Economy eJournal},
  year={2004}
}
This paper examines the shift in childbirth from home to hospital that occurred in the United States in the early twentieth century. Using a panel of city-level data over the period 1927-1940, we examine the shift of childbirth from home to hospital and analyze the impact of medical care on maternal mortality. Results suggest that increased operative intervention on the part of physicians and a resultant greater risk of infection increased maternal mortality prior to the introduction of sulfa… Expand
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