"Don't Mention It" Episode 4: A Conversation With Historian Dr. Lauren MacIvor Thompson

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“Don’t Mention It” is a series from Underestimated: A Podcast about the things we’re apparently not supposed to be loud about. The things that don’t get talked about often enough. The stories of people and the issues they face that are undervalued in the mainstream, and shouldn’t be.

In Episode 4 of "Don't Mention It," we dive into the history or reproductive health in the United States with historian Dr. Lauren MacIvor Thompson. We talk about 19th and early 20th century reproductive health in the United States, how a lack of fundamental equality in the Constitution restricts our access to healthcare, sterilization, the Comstock Laws, "Twilight Sleep," and more.

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Show Notes:

Books & Articles

Jacqueline H. Wolf: Cesarean Section: An American History of Risk, Technology, and Consequence
https://www.amazon.com/Cesarean-Section-American-Technology-Consequence/dp/1421425521 

Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens: Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology
https://www.amazon.com/Medical-Bondage-Origins-American-Gynecology/dp/0820351350 

Kelly Suzanne O’Donnell: "Reproducing Jane: Abortion Stories and Women’s Political Histories," Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 43, no. 1 (Autumn 2017): 77-96.
https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/10.1086/692444

 

Trump “Gag Rule” Articles

Katelyn Burns, Rewire News: Trump Administration Releases Final Text of Domestic ‘Gag Rule’ Restriction on Title X

https://rewire.news/article/2019/02/22/trump-administration-releases-final-text-of-domestic-gag-rule-restriction-on-title-x/

Ariana Eunjung Cha, National reporter for The Washington Post: Trump administration bars clinics that provide abortions or abortion referrals from federal funding

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2019/02/22/trump-administration-bars-family-planning-clinics-that-provide-abortion-referrals-million-program/?utm_term=.2d222572522e

Steve Benen, MSNBC for The Rachel Maddow Show, “Targeting abortion rights, Trump unveils ‘domestic gag rule’”

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/targeting-abortion-rights-trump-unveils-domestic-gag-rule

Michelle Goldberg, Slate.com, Trump Didn’t Just Reinstate the Global Gag Rule. He Massively Expanded It.

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2017/01/trumps-global-gag-rule-is-even-worse-than-it-seemed.html

Steve Benen, MSNBC for The Rachel Maddow Show, Following women’s marches, Republicans target reproductive rights

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/following-womens-marches-republicans-target-reproductive-rights 

Sterilization Articles

Hastings Women’s Law Journal

"If They Hand You a Paper, You Sign It": A Call to End the Sterilization of Women in Prison

https://www.prisonpolicy.org/scans/Roth_If_They_Hand_You_1_15_2015.pdf

NPR

California's Prison Sterilizations Reportedly Echo Eugenics Era

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2013/07/09/200444613/californias-prison-sterilizations-reportedly-echoes-eugenics-era

 

“Twilight Sleep” Resources

New York Times, 1915

Twilight Sleep Is Subject of a New Investigation

https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1915/01/31/301777902.pdf

Twilight Sleep – The Brutal Way Some Women Gave Birth In The 1900s

https://www.bellybelly.com.au/birth/twilight-sleep/

“The Business of Being Born,” clip from documentary on Twilight Sleep

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzxs5qPsqX4

Additional video clip about Twilight Sleep

“Twilight Sleep” offered the promise of painless birth—but at what cost?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiFRPx7d_eU

Sarah Seltzer, Rewire.news

“Twilight Sleep:” Is The Past Prologue for Today’s Debates Over Birthing Choices?

https://rewire.news/article/2009/09/29/twilight-sleep-is-the-past-prologue-todays-debates-over-birthing-choices/

Henci Goer, The Journal of Perinatal Education

Cruelty in Maternity Wards: Fifty Years Later

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2920649/

Lithotomy position

https://www.google.com/search?q=lithotomy+position&oq=lithotomy+po&aqs=chrome.0.0j69i57j0l4.3574j1j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

 

Black Women’s Maternal Health Article - Includes Data from CDC

NPR

Black Mothers Keep Dying After Giving Birth. Shalon Irving's Story Explains Why

https://www.npr.org/2017/12/07/568948782/black-mothers-keep-dying-after-giving-birth-shalon-irvings-story-explains-why

 

Sound Sources

Harpstrum.wav - freesound.org

https://freesound.org/people/adriann/sounds/149187/

Keeping Old Letters by Lee Rosevere is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License.

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Living_With_Trauma/Lee_Rosevere_-_Living_With_Trauma_-_04_Keeping_Old_Letters

Edited for podcast

Somber Heart by Lee Rosevere is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License.

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Living_With_Trauma/Lee_Rosevere_-_Living_With_Trauma_-_14_Somber_Heart

Edited for podcast

Everywhere by Lee Rosevere is licensed under a Attribution License.

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Music_For_Podcasts_5/Lee_Rosevere_-_Music_For_Podcasts_5_-_06_Everywhere

Edited for podcast

Untitled music box recording

This work is licensed under the Attribution License.

https://freesound.org/people/KAMARIN/sounds/417934/

Elizabeth P.