I came across this blog post: http://priceonomics.com/the-price-of-a-child/. There was more that was relevant but this bit particularly caught my eye:
Could an AB that we would recognize come out of such an environment? How might the more universal needs that are often served by what we do be expressed in that kind of world? Just something to mull over.Zelizer writes that in 18th century Europe, “the death of an infant or a young child was a minor event, met with a mixture of indifference and resignation.” She quotes a French philosopher of the time who wrote, “I have lost two or three children in infancy, not without regret, but without great sorrow.”
Historians find, for example, no evidence during the period that the English wore or displayed symbols of mourning when young children died and that the French commonly buried young children in the backyard like Americans bury pets today. Colonial Americans called newborns “it” or “the little stranger.” While the death of young children was greeted with sorrow, the next born child often took the name of its departed sibling.