The place of the hospitals in the healthcare system is not static. In the 1800’s most people were born at home. It was not until the early 1900 that an increasing number of births occurred in the hospital. It was while I was in high school that I accompanied my father to deliver a baby at home. This was in Upstate New York and the only reason my father asked me to go with him was because there was 10 inches snow on the ground and the patient lived in the hills about six miles from our home. Driving was a problem and we slipped considerably and ended in a ditch a few hundred yards from our destination. The patient was in labor, the husband was out celebrating his new addition and the electricity had gone out. Lanterns, a wood stove and a few hours resulted in a new baby boy and an upset physician. A neighbor with a tractor pulled us out of the ditch and after everything was over even the husband returned although he had difficulty maintaining an upright position.
I had no exposure to more deliveries until
My third exposure to a delivery was at my first Military Station in
Fortunately and as a result of all of my previous experience I chose a path that did not include any further contact with pregnant women except my wife.