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As my mom tells it, the reason her first child was born at home in '62 was because she could not find a hospital that would allow my father to be present. It doesn't sound like she was so concerned about being put under, just that my dad wouldn't be around when it happened. She was living in Chicago and someone told her there was a Dr. Gregory White who did homebirths.
He was her o.b. again when she had her second child at home in '64. I think he basically made it just as the baby was coming out both times.
By the time she was pregnant with me, her third, my parents had moved and she was not able to find someone to attend a homebirth (fingerlakes region of N.Y.). But instead she just never made it to the hospital. So I guess I was technically a UC. She makes it sound like that was not her intention, but I am not so sure. I was born around 2 a.m. She claims my father was telling her "stop pushing" and she would say "I'm not pushing" and after a few minutes of that I was out.
When she had her last child in '68 we were living in the Catskill Mtns. in New York. This was another UC, but I am not quite sure if the plan was to have a doctor attend at home or to go to the hospital. I vaguely remember it because it was bedtime and my dad was reading to us and then would run into my parents bedroom and then come back and read some more and back and forth. And then at some point we went into their bedroom and met our new sibling.
Anyway, she had 4 for 4 homebirths in the 60's. I guess she is an exception. It is kind of interesting that she started down that path because of the aweful rule about dads not being present at delivery. Though I have an aunt that claims my mom was into all this natural lifestyle stuff and that is why she had homebirths. My mom sometimes makes herself sound kind of ditzy when she actually is very intelligent. That is a whole different thread about attitudes in the 60s.
My mom breastfed all of her children. At some point while still breastfeeding me, she also pumped for another woman who was trying to re-lactate. That woman lived in the country and in attempt to be modern was formula-feeding. Her child developed horrible allergies. The woman did eventually relactate.
I wish my mom would write all of this down sometime, about her births and the pumping. But she just kind of shrugs it off as an everyday thing. Which is good in a way, because my attitude towards homebirth and nursing has therefore been that it is just an everyday thing.
(p.s. Dr. Gregory White is the husband of the co-founder of LLL.)