Labor & Delivery Instructions…from 1968

posted 8 months ago in Babies
Post # 32
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

My grandmother was a labor and delivery nurse back in the day and she used to tell us all sorts of stories!  She worked into her 70s and passed away a few years ago at 89.  I think she worked at least 40 of those years at the same hospital.

I remember her saying that smoking *was* allowed in the hospital in the “waiting room” for the dads.  The dads were also not allowed in the birthing room because it was too “stressful”.  She also told us of a time where women were not encouraged to yell or scream during labor, ala Scientology.

Those days women also stayed in the hospital for a whole week after giving birth.  The nurses also did everything so that the mother could rest.  Many times the mothers would be given a belly binder so they could fit into their pre pregnancy clothes when they went home.  The fathers were basically treated like the sperm donors.  Breast feeding was not encouraged at all.

I wish she was still around so I could ask her about the green coconut cake.

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