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Childbirth in the Philippines (1940s-50s)

What sort of medical care would there be in the Philippines in the late 1940s/early 1950s? The character is lower class, and I'm wondering if she would have her baby in a hospital or her home? If she was at a hospital, would a doctor or midwife deliver the baby? If she was at home, would there be a midwife? How would they care for the baby immediately after birth? The baby is a girl, and her mother doesn't keep her. I'm guessing that there weren't adoption agencies then; would she have left the baby in a public place or an orphanage or something? She didn't kill her child, but the child has to get to the U.S.
Tags: 1940-1949, 1950-1959, philippines: history, ~medicine: reproduction

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