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To: Venturer
My grandmother had 14 children. I don't know how many total pregnancies, although I know she did miscarry more than once. She was Protestant, BTW.

She outlived my grandfather by around 13 years.

Women did die in childbirth "back in the day." In fact, though it is less common, they still do. Women, men, and children died from a great many things that are less common causes of death, at least in the US, today: tuberculosis, pneumonia, heart defects (many now easily corrected with surgery), diabetes, appendicitis, gangrene, typhoid, cholera, dehydration, influenza, being kicked in the head by a horse, malaria, falling out of a tree, all manner of industrial and farm accidents, infections following severe burns, snakebite, and on and on and on....

18 posted on 12/05/2011 7:23:58 AM PST by susannah59
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To: susannah59; Venturer
Margaret Sanger's mother died of tuberculosis and cervical cancer. The tuberculosis had nothing to do with pregnancy, and the incidence of cervical cancer is actually reduced by traditional Catholic morality, (i.e. having intercourse with only one, lifetime partner) childbearing and lactation.

On the other hand, her frequency of pregnancy hints that maybe she wasn't breastfeeding. YMMV, but lactation (especially nighttime breastfeeding) significantly increases the spacing of pregnancies to about 30 months.

Interestingly, Margaret Sanger's father was an atheist and a leftist. If he were concerned about his wife's frequent pregnancies and miscarriages, maybe he could have moderated his behavior just a tad to give her a little recuperation time? Just askin'...

31 posted on 12/05/2011 9:00:29 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o (In theory. there's no difference between theory and practice. But in practice, there is. -Yogi Berra)
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To: susannah59; Venturer
Margaret Sanger's mother died of tuberculosis and cervical cancer. The tuberculosis had nothing to do with pregnancy, and the incidence of cervical cancer is actually reduced by traditional Catholic morality, (i.e. having intercourse with only one, lifetime partner) childbearing and lactation.

On the other hand, her frequency of pregnancy hints that maybe she wasn't breastfeeding. YMMV, but lactation (especially nighttime breastfeeding) significantly increases the spacing of pregnancies to about 30 months.

Interestingly, Margaret Sanger's father was an atheist and a leftist. If he were concerned about his wife's frequent pregnancies and miscarriages, maybe he could have moderated his behavior just a tad to give her a little recuperation time? Just askin'...

32 posted on 12/05/2011 9:01:13 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o (In theory. there's no difference between theory and practice. But in practice, there is. -Yogi Berra)
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