Women's Health White Paper

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    "Women's Health has significantly changed from the early definition of just birth, hysterectomy and mammography. Until the late nineteenth century, babies were primarily delivered at home. In the first part of the last century, there were several women's 'lying-in' hospitals, notably in Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia. The concept of the lying-in hospital came from late 19th century London, where these hospitals were principally intended for the 'wives of poor industrial tradesmen or distressed house-keepers' and the wives of soldiers and sailors, as the large teaching hospitals at that time did not admit women for births. By the middle of the 20th century, nearly every one of the acute care hospitals in the United States had an 'OB/Gyn Unit.' The birth-oriented definition of 'women’s health' did not begin to change until the mid 1980’s..."