Reading about Catherine’s ordeal of giving birth made me interested in researching a little bit on what childbirth was like during the time period during the Great War. I couldn’t find one specific to the Great War (only lengthy scholarly articles), but one website I found talked about childbirth as far back as the Renaissance all the way through the 20th century. Here’s the link:
I knew that gas was common to get women to sleep so they wouldn’t feel pain back then, but I was interested…and shocked…to find out that doctors and midwives used stuff like chloroform and morphine. Those are deadly for both the mother and the baby in high doses, as the article states. I have a feeling that possibly had an impact on what happened to Catherine and her baby.