Obstetrics: Fewer Drugs for Happier Mothers

"Instead of being tired, I was exhilarated," said one mother. "In the recovery room," bubbled another, "I wanted to sing and shout about my Pavlov baby." The 300 young women wearing diaper-shaped name tags who flocked around the huge, white-icinged cake in a suburban St. Louis garden last week all showed the same enthusiasm. All of them had given birth without general anesthetics in St. Mary's Hospital, where more (1,182) babies have been delivered by natural child birth than in any other hospital in the U.S. The fifth-birthday celebration of St. Mary's natural-childbirth program last week reflected the...

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