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Today in Heritage History, 1871, Ether is first used in the U.S. during childbirth, in Jefferson, Georgia. Prior to its use Georgia women resorted to primitive methods to deal with the discomfort of bearing children. They would; scream obscenities at the top of their lungs while their face was covered by a pillow, drink a whole jug of moonshine during the birthing process, curse the father of their child and all his “kin folk” almost like she had Tourette’s, and (dangerously as they discovered) numb herself (like a saddle block) from the waist down using a few drops of Coon-B-Gone. In an odd historical coincidence, these also happened to be the same things women did in Georgia during conception.