Medicine: More Casual Confinements?

Far from the civilized world is the hardy jungle mother who stops by the path a few moments to have her child, then catches up with the rest of the tribe. Many people have also been impressed by Mrs. St. Louis Estes of Hollywood, who used to prove about once a year that civilized women can be just as casual—she rarely devoted more than two hours to confinement.

Last week, Dr. Morris L. Rotstein of Baltimore's Sinai Hospital stated in the Journal of the A.M.A. that he now lets healthy new mothers get up on the third or fourth day after delivery,...