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Health in the CityRace, Poverty, and the Negotiation of Women's Health in New York City, 1915-1930$
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Tanya Hart

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479867998

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479867998.001.0001

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Birthing in the City

Birthing in the City

The Mulberry District

(p.188) 7 Birthing in the City
Health in the City

Tanya Hart

NYU Press

This chapter explains how the AICP in 1918 expanded its Columbus Hill model of public/private infant and maternal health care into Lower Manhattan's Little Italy, the Mulberry District, which the agency deemed a more “racially pure” neighborhood in its own internal documents. In this place, the AICP chose to forego the mandatory syphilis testing and treatments for parturient women to receive the prenatal care that they were mandating for black women in Columbus Hill. Instead, the agency took the Italian preference for Italian midwives in its crosshairs and implemented Anglo American physician deliveries in lieu of Italian midwife deliveries in an effort to introduce prenatal care.

Keywords:   AICP, maternal health care, Mulberry District, syphilis testing, parturient women, prenatal care

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