At the end of 1847, not so long ago, a British surgeon told the world that chloroform was now being used to ease pains in childbirth. The surgeon was trashed by religious leaders and those who insisted that to offer up a pain-free child birthing experience to women violated God's will because of the reference in the book of Genesis to women bearing children in pain. For about six years the surgeon was criticized until Britain's Queen Victoria had a doctor administer chloroform to her. The public outcry ceased. I guess they thought if it was good enough for the Queen ... it was good enough for their wives, sisters and daughters.
Suellen Ocean is the author of the historic novels The Celtic Prince and The Guild available at Amazon, B&N and Ocean-Hose. http://www.pacificsites.com/~oceanhose/