Elizabeth Cady Stanton
(1815 - 1902)
"If you suffer, it is not because you are cursed
by God, but because you violate his laws."
Lifelong homeopathist Elizabeth Cady Stanton did not believe in the "primal curse"; but she warned expectant mothers against resort to anaesthetics. Stanton was an outspoken opponent of slavery and a fervent supporter of women's rights. In 1863, she helped found a homeopathic school, New York Medical College for Women. Stanton rejected anaesthesia for the birth of her child, which she delivered herself, and urged other women to do likewise: "how much cruel bondage of mind and suffering of body poor woman will escape when she takes the liberty of being her own physician..."
Refs and Further Reading
Anaesthesia and Anaesthetics