Not So Ancient History: Women Shall Bear Children in Pain, It’s God’s Will

At the end of 1847, not so long ago, a British surgeon told the world that chloroform was now being used to ease pains in childbirth. The surgeon was trashed by religious leaders and those who insisted that to offer up a pain-free child birthing experience to women violated Gold’s will because of the reference in the book of Genesis to women bearing children in pain. For about six years the surgeon was criticized until Britain’s Queen Victoria had a doctor administer chloroform to her. The public outcry ceased. I guess they thought if it was good enough for the Queen … it was good enough for their wives, sisters and daughters.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the historical series, The Lion’s Trace
Available here:

The Lies of the Lion (Book 1)

The Guild (Book 2)

The Last Quadroon (Book 3)

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Suellen Ocean

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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