So let's look at what has happened. In the past century or so we've had male surgeons who have suddenly begun to make in-roads, about a century or ago or more than that, on that which woman have done have done throughout the whole of history, since the dawn of time, women tended women at this most critical, crucial and vulnerable part of their whole life.
We seemed to muddle through as a species remarkably well against some overwhelming odds. And then male surgeons began to come in as you can read, Suzanne Arms marvelous book of "Immaculate Deception" about the male surgeons first of all used the same instruments, of course they have to use instruments, they have no instincts for it so they use intellectual instruments and they use the same instruments that they used in their operating on people, cadavers and all that and the wholesale deaths from it was enormous. At any rate they took over from women and in fact following World War II, before World War II, only about thirty percent of women delivered in hospitals and even before World War I almost no women did, not in our country. Then after World War II ninety-seven percent of all women delivered in hospitals because the male surgeons, the medical establishment, outlawed midwifery as you know in most places in the United States. So it became illegal for woman to tend woman as they had down through the ages.
I'm from the south, all of our black communities in the south delivered their infants always by mid-wives. It was a practice that had gone on for untold millennia and you had this incredibly tight social cohesion in the southern black communities. Most of our blacks lived in the south and I had an awful lot of interaction with them as a child because I was brought up by black nannies and helpers and keepers and I can tell you that the solidarity in those black communities was enormous. They took care of their own. There were no abandoned children. If something happened to children there were a dozen Aunts and Uncles and Grannies and all. Whether they were kin or not made no difference to take over and everyone loved every child. Every child was nourished, handled and fondled and hugged by everybody and we find in those early communities before World War II and enormous cohesiveness those communities taking care of themselves. Then we outlawed that midwifery and we broke up those birth patterns.
A woman by the name of Beverly in South Africa a number of years ago wrote two books. She corresponded with me a bit about it. On the breaking of the birth patterns among the Soolou's and Bandeus and the rest of the black communities in South Africa that had started a few years ago. She said if you break up the birth patterns you will break up the whole social cohesive patterns holding those societies together. You break up the whole behavioral patterns of those people and you're going to have chaos on your hands. Isn't that interesting she made this statement a number of years ago and of course they paid no attention to her. But now in our country breaking up the system of midwifery, which are black communities that held themselves together against overwhelming odds. They held together against oppression that today you can't believe and poverty which was extreme and yet kind of came out on top as a people, and now are at war with themselves on every hand. In the majority of the black ghetto situations. At the root of you will find the simple business of the interference of the mother's intelligence at the birth process itself.
World War II was certainly the watershed for this. The other thing that made us differ is completely eliminate breast feeding. Now this was a male doctor engineer process to eliminate breast feeding. Ninety-seven percent of our mother's breast fed up until about World War II and after that three percent. These are the three percent by in large, with a few exceptions, who delivered their children at home. Only three percent of the children were delivered at home after World War II and they're the ones that continue to breast feed. Now, why breast feeding is important, in that I can't go into right now except that it is critically important. It keeps the child constantly in contact with the mother's face in the first few months. It takes about six to eight months for the whole visual process to myelinated and stabilize and the face cognition is the main thing. It's the one pattern the brain is born with locked into its neural structures immediately at birth. When the child opens theirs eyes they can recognize a face pattern and they will smile in response to that face pattern from the first moment of birth on which is nature's little trick she plays. Now they can't recognize any other structural pattern but they can recognize a face pattern so we now that face pattern is built in.
This was the work of Fads and a whole bunch of medical doctors back in the sixties. We know that pattern is built in as a neural, pre-structured neural system in the brain. Simply awaiting the proper stimulus from the proper model out here, a human face but the face must be given at a distance at six to twelve inches. The child cannot recognize that face pattern greater than twelve inches away and six to twelve inches is exactly the distance when the mother puts the infant to the left breast leaving that umbilical cord intact, they will spend eighty percent of their visual time locked in on that face pattern, twenty percent of their time looking out at other patterns and then referring right back to the known pattern of the face. If they are given a face at six to twelve inches, if not the visual pattern fails to materialize and it will take anywhere from nine to twelve weeks for it to compensate and those visual patterns to finally start functioning.
So what we find happening with the result of male interference, male intellectual interference with the natural intelligence of woman and finally taking over completely and outlawing woman from having any part of it. We find these things corresponding immediate rise of dysfunction’s in our children. Fifty years ago there were zero cases recorded, or even known or even antidotal in American history of a suicide under age fourteen. Today, according to NIMH in their in-depth studies, suicide reaches all the way down to age three. The American populous refuses to accept that idea.
They attribute these early suicides always to accidents and you put these labels, keep out of reach of children, and all that. No, these are deliberate suicides on the part of a three year old in their state of extreme anxiety and despair. This has been pretty well established. It's awfully hard to argue the statistics on this and every seventy-eight seconds a child in America attempts suicide right around the clock. Now they don't all succeed. It's harder to do than they think but this is a totally new anomaly in human history and it falls in exact correspondence with the beginnings of the male intellectual interference of technological childbirth with the natural processes that the woman would take care of.
We get into a whole raft of other things. I think it's interesting that there's a direct corresponding rise in the incidence of birth cancer with the elimination of breast feeding. Only three percent of our mother’s breast fed after World War II. I simply ask you to look and you'll see an immediate corresponding increase of breast cancer. Of course the breast was no longer for feeding infants, it's for advertising purposes and male pleasures and so on and so forth. Breast feeding becomes a cultural embarrassment. It really does. And in many places illegal to do in public and woman were arrested for indecent exposure.
I invite you to go to some of the other foreign countries and watch the, in Switzerland, which is a very beautiful benign country, the woman casually on the, lining the Lake Zurich there, everybody goes out to Lake Zurich for their lunch break and they will sit there bare-breasted and there are little children playing all around and coming up and grabbing a little nip every few minutes, the little toddlers. No one thought anything about it. That's what breasts were for. In our country it became of course a cultural embarrassment and woman themselves are seriously embarrassed over the idea.