The Longest Shortest Time

EPISODE #155: Forget Childbirth

In a recent episode of the TV show The Crown, Queen Elizabeth II reclines in bed preparing to give birth to her third child. Her doctor leans over to administer a shot. It’s a combination of drugs called “twilight sleep.” The Queen slowly closes her eyes.

Starting in 1914, feminist women fought for the right to give birth under the influence of powerful drugs that make you forget the entire experience. We’ll speak with medical writer Randi Hutter Epstein, author of Get Me Out, about how this became a mainstream way to give birth in America.

Author Randi Hutter Epstein

Tune in to hear why twilight sleep is a childbirth method we’ve elected to forget.

A women waits to give birth inside a Twilight Sleep crib.

Plus, Andrea shares what her own Grandma Phyllis remembers from giving birth in the mid-1950s.