National Geographic : 1931 May
Waiting for the Stork THE nation will pay a special honor to its mothers on May tenth. Presents and tokens of family love will make Mother's Day memorable. But while more than 2,000,000 women passed safely through childbirth last year, 16,000 died. More than 10,ooo of these women might have been saved if they had re ceived proper prenatal and maternity care and skilful assistance. What was not done for them, however, can be done for prospective mothers. The one way and the only way that a woman can escape some of the hazards of motherhood is to consult a doctor skilled in maternity cases immediately after she receives her first message from the stork, promising a most precious gift. Or if, for financial reasons, she is unable to consult a physician, she will probably find in most progressive communities a Maternity Center where she will be J given sympathetic and expert guidance. She may be told that she needs a change : of diet, or more rest. She may require i immediate medical or surgical care. Her doctor or the Center will explain the laws of nature which she must obey in order to avoid needless suffering - perhaps tragedy. And she will be given necessary instructions for safeguarding her baby as well as herself. 4 METROPOLITAN LIFE INS FREDERICK H. ECKER, PRESIDENT ..- Every woman who is to become a mother should have an early physical examina tion, including a blood pressure test and other tests invariably given in the great institutions which are teaching the world how to avoid dangers and anxieties for merly considered inevitable. These insti tutions have proved that modern scien tific attention will reduce the deathrate among mothers more than two-thirds. The mother-to-be should remain under her doctor's care, or under the guidance of the Maternity Center,until the stork has kept his promise and this happy message can be sent out-"Mother and child are doing well". The Metropolitan Life Insurance Com pany will gladly mail free, "Information for Expectant Mothers", and a booklet describing the work done at a well conducted Maternity Center. Ask for Booklets 5 3 i-N. URANCE COMPANY ONE MADISON AVE., NEW YORK, N. Y. © 1931M. L. 1.CO. "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you." Life Publishing Company has graciously permitted this reproduction of William Balfour-Ker's "The Hurry Call," first printed in LIFE, December 3rd, 1904.