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Twilight Sleep and its Contributions in Shaping Perceptions of Childbirth


Abstract Twilight Sleep was a technique originally developed by physicians in Germany in the early 20th century as a novel way to address parturient women’s fear and aversion to pain endured during labor and childbirth. Using a combination of amnestic and analgesic agents such as scopolamine and morphine to synergistically suppress pregnant women’s memories, physicians Carl Gauss and Bernhard Krönig enabled women to give birth free of pain, or more accurately any memories of pain.

Despite widespread use throughout Europe, Twilight Sleep initially experienced less popularity and more resistance in the United States where doctors were wary of the potential health risks that Twilight Sleep brought upon women and infants. Some adverse effects caused b... (more)
Created Date 2016-05
Contributor Tran, Yvette Ho (Author) / Maienschein, Jane (Thesis Director) / Hurlbut, Ben (Committee member) / O'Neil, Erica (Committee member) / School of Life Sciences () / Barrett, The Honors College ()
Subject Twilight Sleep / Obstetrics / History of Medicine
Series Academic Year 2015-2016
Type Text
Extent 31 pages
Language English
Rights All Rights Reserved
Collaborating Institutions Barrett, The Honors College
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS


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