125 Years of Ladies' Home Journal: Health

Health news and breakthroughs have been central to Ladies' Home Journal's readers from the beginning. We've been advocates for crucial issues such as safe childbirth and affordable health insurance for working families. Cancer, improved medicines, and healthy eating remain key concerns, and doctors still pontificate on the dangers of high heels -- but at least we no longer have to worry about corsets.

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Mark Shaw

Passionate Crusaders: Safe Childbirth

"Why Should Mothers Die?" the magazine asked in 1936, reporting that "in the past 25 years, 375,000 of our women have died from pregnancy and childbirth." We urged readers to support a national push to lower the maternal mortality rate. From 1939 to 1948 it declined 71 percent. And by 1958 we were fighting for better treatment in maternity wards.

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