Giving birth has always been a bit of a mysterious procedure, and it doesn’t seem the medical field has really, truly determined the best way to do it. Yeah, that might sound like a broad generalization, but here’s some quick evidence. It’s 2019 and there really isn’t any good reason why c-sections are on the rise. Well, unless you consider that hospitals want to make sure moms give birth and get out of the hospital as quickly as possible. In other words: maximize profit.
Even after the birth, the advice given to new moms can be a bit strange, unhelpful or downright dangerous.
Some things never change!
Recently, Micala Gabrielle Henson found a document that her grandmother was given the day Micala’s mother was born.
The year was 1968.
Some of the more questionable pieces of advice from the time…
“Babies are on display at Nursery window from 2:30 to 3:30 P.M. and 7:00 to 7:45 P.M. Please do not ask to see baby at any other time.”
“If Baby Nurses Longer It May Cause The Nipple To Become Sore.”
“No visitor is allowed on floor or in room during nursing periods, including father.”
“DO NOT EAT CHOCOLATE CANDY, RAW APPLE, CABBAGE, NUTS, STRAWBERRIES, CHERRIES, ONIONS, OR GREEN COCOANUT [sic] CAKE.”
And some obvious “good” advice…
“Do not smoke while baby is in the room.”
“Do not cover your baby with your linen.”
Naturally some moms chimed in with their thoughts in the comments.
And some definitely remember when all this advice was actually common…
And some remember how moms weren’t rushed out of the hospital so quickly…
But always remember, it’s your kid. So stick up for yourself if you feel it’s necessary.
What do you think? And do you remember the rules from when you gave birth?