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Hospital births in the 1940's

Discussion in 'Midwifery News & Announcements' started by southerncomfort, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. southerncomfort

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    "Since your baby is specially wrapped so that he can safely be taken back into the nursery, it is requested that you not unwrap your baby when he is with you. If you desire to see him unwrapped, one of the nursery nurses will do it for you"

    Oh my gosh!!!!!
     
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    I'm not sure this hospital would reach Baby friendly status!!!!
     
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    I'm sure if we asked Grandmothers and older female relatives we could get some pretty amazing stories - we should document them so we can compare then and now! :)
     
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    I have an article in a womens magazine that might be able to get online will go look for it now
     
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    i cant find article on net but basically it is about 3 generations of women in a family who have all described thier pregnancy birth experience...

    Lilian Howes (aged 76) gave birth to her second child Virginia at home in Feb 1959

    Virginia Howes (51) lilians daughter, also an independent midwife gave birth to her second son Andrew in hospital in 1980

    Andrew's partner Charlott (29), virginias daughter in law gave birth to baby Luca at home in June with Virginia being her midwife.

    They talked about 'how they found out they were pregnant','antental care', 'advice given', 'maternity wear', 'The birth', 'feeding' and overall virdict.


    Was a really lovely read!

    Yours Magazine issue 107
     
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    My nan said when she had her babies it was usual practise to go to hospital, the men didn't even come to hospital let alone near the actual maternity section. they laid them down, somtimes strapped their arms up, gave them something - not sure what - painkillers or anasthetic or something, and put their legs up, and used forceps!!!!!

    I don't know if this was just the hospital she was at or what...

    She also was advised to stay in bed for 2 weeks after the birth and have her baby in the nursary down the corridor.

    With all of her children she had bad tears and was in a lot of pain afterwards, except one where she couldn't get to the hospital in time and had it at home. She said she was terrified at the time as she thought they 'needed' all the equipment and stuff and that she was told hospital was the only place for a birth etc. But then she had her baby and she was fine afterwards, no tears no pain etc. and it was a big baby as well! and apparently she got told off for not getting to the hospital because she put her babies life at risk by not delivering in a hospital laying on the bed! Hmmm...
     
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    My mother-in-laws 1st child in the 40's was breech and she had what she described as a big African doctor who took out her bottom teeth to get the baby to turn,"it is what we do at home" she quoted him!!!! Bit drastic though, no teeth for 60 years but the baby did turn !!!
     
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    My nan had my mum at home, the last of 5 children who were all born almost exactly 12 months after each other (except mum was born 11 months after my uncle as she was a bit early). She bottlefed them watered down condensed milk as she was told she was too slight to breastfeed. My other nan had all of her kids at home I think and she breastfed them all for long periods of time (2 years I think was the longest) because it was the war and rationing meant that she could have the milk instead of the baby/ toddler. I don't think they had twilight births though.
    I was born in 1978 and mum was in hospital for 48 hours in labour with me. From what I can make out from the parents I was breech, wasn't progressing and a midwife with small hands inserted them inside my mother and turned me around. I still struggle to get my head around this and I'm not sure to this day if my parents have got it wrong.
    Anyhow, they all had routine episiotomies to prevent tearing (!), pubic shaves for hygiene reasons and enemas to prevent the mother from pooing herself. All deliveries were done with mum on her back. Mum had 5 kids and she last delivered in 1987. She said things started to move away from routine epis and shaves in the mid 1980's. She was in for 10 days with me though and they told her to feed 4 hours, so she didn't get breastfeeding established with me well at all.
     
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    I know that my neighbour (92) had all of her 5 children at home in the early and mid 1940s. One birth was twins - the 1st was delivered with no signs of life. He was swiftly handed to the father after a halfhearted smack with a shake of the head, 'no hope' and told to go away with him so that mum wasn't upset. He had spent time with a farmer and had seen the farmer stimulate non breathing lambs to get them going so he set to on the baby and got him breathing etc. The Dr was apparantly disapproving (?) but Mr T was proud all of his life that he had saved his son!
    My Gran had both of hers in hospital in the early 1940s. Don't know about the 1st but for her second she had one massive pain, screamed for help as she immediately had the urge to push. By coincidence the MW was a few doors down so was summoned - she could see the head immediately crowning so held him in (Gran said it was the worst, most painful experience of her life!) until the ambulance took her in and she had him within seconds of arrival with one push after the MW removed her hand. It was a vaginal birth so don't think a cord prolapse was the cause for the MW stopping the birth?
     
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