Isn't it strange how things from the past that worked really well, but were sidelined for more modern ways, have a habit of returning? Things like longer maternity stays and reusing instead of replacing or recycling.

In 1921 this country had the second highest maternal mortality rate in the western world.

According to the website Teara, The Encyclopedia of New Zealand, an investigation into the death rate of newborns found that "puerperal sepsis – blood poisoning caused by bacteria entering the uterus, often via hands or medical equipment during or after childbirth – was the main cause of maternal death.