• Maternity Care (US Navy, 1963)
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    Maternity Care (US Navy, 1963)

    [Music] [Narrator:] When you are in your ninth month, it’s only natural to prepare for your eventual trip to the hospital and to wonder a little more about your baby. Many questions come to mind. Will he be a boy or girl? Will he be handsome? What to name him? But perhaps most persistent, will be the question about your baby’s birth. Will he arrive on time? At your first visit to the doctor, you were told your due date, but at best this was only a rough estimate. Actually, only one baby out of every 10 is born on the due date. If he comes any time within two…

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    Infections and Birth Defects (NIH, 1966)

    [A woman walks up to a medical clinic.] [Narrator:] Today in the United States, one pregnancy in five fails to produce a living, healthy child 126,000 mentally retarded children are born each year. Millions more suffer from various defects. Infections are among the preventable causes of abortions, stillbirths, and damaged infants. Research on the relationship between infections and birth defects is the major assignment of the Section on Infectious Diseases, Perinatal Research Branch, National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Blindness. The section works directly with other institutes, including Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Child Health and Human Development, all within the federal government’s Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. A…