Story: Pregnancy, birth and baby care

Death during childbirth, 1910s

Death during childbirth, 1910s

Death during childbirth was a realistic fear for women. New Zealand infant and maternal mortality rates were high by international standards in the early 20th century. Neither Mrs Gilmer nor her baby survived.

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How to cite this page:

Kerryn Pollock, 'Pregnancy, birth and baby care - Childbirth, 19th century to 1950s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 September 2021)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 24 Oct 2018