|Public health nurse
visits rural patients, 1920. NLM
|There were 44
public health nurses, under a variety of sponsors, including the Tuberculosis
Association, Red Cross, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, industries and
the counties. They made a real difference in maternal and infant health.
| In 1921, 358 women died in childbirth or
from pregnancy-related conditions. This was an improvement of 14% from the
numbered 3,980, a mortality rate of 104.4 per 1,000 live births. Many infant
deaths went unreported. One baby in ten died before reaching one year of age.