Hospital Rules For New Moms From 1968 Are Crazy

While cleaning out some old things, a woman came across her old hospital instructions from when she had a baby in Concord, North Carolina back in 1968. Her daughter, Micala Gabrielle Henson posted the blast from the past on Facebook because it shows just how much things have changed and she says, “I just thought it was a very cool piece of history.”

For one thing, the hospital form outlines the time slots when new parents are actually allowed to see their newborn: “Babies are on display in the nursery window from 2:30 to 3:30pm and 7:00 to 7:45pm. Please do not ask to see baby at any other time.” The paper also dictates the times when baby will be brought to mom for feeding: “9-10am, 1-2pm, 5:30-6:30pm, and 9-10pm,” and explains that no visitor is allowed in the room during nursing periods, not even the baby’s father!

The hospital even gives detailed instructions about breastfeeding and how to limit the amount of time baby gets to eat. “During the first 24 hours, allow baby to nurse five minutes only,” the sheet reads. And on the second and third days, it’s not much better, babies “are only to breastfeed for seven minutes” those days. It’s not until the fourth and fifth days when baby gets to eat for 10 to 15 whole minutes! Don’t know how you get the newborn to stick to that schedule, but they were the “experts.”

One of the funniest parts? The instructions for what nursing moms should avoid eating. They advise against snacking on “chocolate candy, raw apples, cabbage, nuts, strawberries, cherries, onions, or green coconut cake” (we’re assuming that brown coconut cake was safe?). And speaking of safety, the form specifically warns new moms “not to smoke while baby is in her room,” so the rest of the time it must have been just fine to light up. Well, THAT makes sense!

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