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"Historical Snow Storm" - Livin' the Good Life

Jan. 12th, 2015

02:01 pm - "Historical Snow Storm"

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On my birthday, 66 years ago, Los Angeles had an historic snowstorm. My father drove my mom from our home in La Canada to the Griffith Park Maternity Home in Glendale during this snowstorm. According to my mom, she was so excited and happy about the snow that she barely noticed her contractions during the drive. She gave birth to me fairly quickly, and she had nothing but wonderful memories of the whole event. The maternity home was run by the Christian Science Church, so there were no drugs administered, nor available, to the laboring women. A completely natural birth. Mom stayed there for two WEEKS after giving birth, which sounds excessive to me. She also had a Christian Science "nurse" come to her home for about a month after returning from the maternity home in order to help her get established in a routine of caring for her new baby. Babies were put on strict schedules with homemade formula and fixed sleeping hours. Sounds horrible to me, but that was considered the "modern way" back then. Babies definitely were left to "cry it out". Poor little Darlene! But, my mother was a soft-hearted woman with an abundance of affection and gentle, loving arms to offer little people, so I know I got that also.
Here is a picture from the front page of the L.A. Times on the day I was born : January 11, 1949.
LA Times Jan. 11, 1949


Date:January 26th, 2015 04:39 am (UTC)
Somehow I missed this post!
Did your Mom ever tell you how long she was in labor or any other details? I wonder in 1949 what was the usual labor/drug policy. I know your Mom went completely natural but I wonder what other laboring moms were given. My Mom had her fist in 1952 and she said she was in the hospital 10 days after giving birth. Our Moms must have been so bored and restless cooped up in a hospital room all that time!

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Date:February 11th, 2015 03:12 am (UTC)
Mom was in labor with me for about 6 hours. That's how long my first labor was. And she was in the hospital for 10 days also. I can't imagine her staying there that long. Boring!!! Especially after a natural birth when you feel so good immediately.
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