Margaret on Birthing in Georgia in the 70s
“In those days, women who wanted something different had to have a homebirth or come to the Birthing Center in Douglasville, which was the obstetrical unit of the Douglas General Hospital. Dr. Richard Stewart and three midwives were the only providers that did births there. We were doing birth differently, it was very much like a birth center with lots of natural births and women going home 6-8 hours after having the baby. We had tons of women coming to us. At one point we were doing 50 births a month and it was all word of mouth. So other hospitals started looking at us, like how do we do that? So then Northside got one birthing room. Then, eventually, all the hospitals had birthing rooms and they all hired nurse midwives. But the doctors would still practice the same way. It was like they were thinking, women are wanting something different, so we’ll give it to them. But they didn’t get what it was.