My name is Anne Leddy, I am a sophomore at Stonehill College and am an Education/History major. I am writing this blog because I want to people to know how heroic women were in the 19th century and continue to be today.
This blog seeks to point out that having a baby in the 19th century wasn’t thought of by women as a blessing. Instead, these women dreaded that fateful day when they would have to bear that excruciating pain, called child birth. What was even more excuciating was that many women in the 19th century never had the chance to cradle their babies in their arms; they never got to see their child’s first smile or their first step because many of them died giving their child life.
Today the Maternal Mortality Rate is 1 in 100,000 births, but that’s in America, a developed country. Developing countries around the world have the same Maternal Mortality rate that America had two centuries ago, this is not acceptable. Women in developing countries shouldn’t be dying of the same causes that was the number one killer of women in America in the 1800s.
I hope this blog educates people because many people are unaware of the sacrifices that women made to have children in the 19th century. They were sacrificing their own lives, and today women in developing countries continue to make this sacrifice.