Course detail: OSH217 - The Willows Maternity Sanitarium, Kansas City and America's Unwed Mothers

The well-documented orphan trains brought a wave of humanity to the Midwest in the late 1800s. A lesser-known wave arrived in secrecy. In the early to mid-1900s, Kansas City was known as the "Adoption Hub of America." More than 100,000 pregnant, unwed young women arrived to give birth in one of several maternity facilities. The babies were placed for adoption and the women returned home heartbroken.We will explore how Kansas City received this distinction, delve into the history of The Willows Maternity Sanitarium (the "Waldorf"of such facilities). Finally, we'll study the family who ran The Willows for 64 years.


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