The Maternity Hospital: Blueprint for Redesigning Childbirth

  • Leslie Kanes Weisman


The history and design of the maternity hospital demonstrate how distinctions in gender, race and class are encoded in the shape of public buildings and the social institutions that produce them. Maternity hospitals were established in the nineteenth century as urban-based charity asylums to serve the poor, homeless, and working class. They were usually sponsored and run by businessmen, clergy, and community leaders and functioned as institutions offering both medical treatment and social rehabilitation.


Maternity Hospital Delivery Room Labor Room Birth Center Newborn Nursery 
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