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1947 Maternity Ward Pamphlet from Santa Monica Hospital

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By Jill—Unnecesarean

After seeing the 1974 maternity ward pamphlet found in the attic, Heather remembered that her grandmother saved a similar pamphlet from her birth in 1947 in Santa Monica, California.




Bonus photo that Heather found tucked inside:





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Reader Comments (13)

wow what a fun post... Love this series, even if unintentional!

November 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternaomi

wow, i am most blown away by the prices!!!!!

November 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertabitha

My grandmother showed me her pamphlets from when she delivered my uncle and mom (5 years apart at the same Dallas hospital, late fifties-early sixties). What really surprised me were the take home care instructions (a bottle of apple or ORANGE juice at one week old! Sugar mixed into vegetables at 3 months old! Etc...). I posted her birth stories from both on my Facebook page, but I wish I could get her to talk more about it. She's very much of the old school "lets not talk about it; doctor knows best; it was a different time; yada yada" mentality. The next time I go visit I'll see if I can either get them from her or somehow make copies and post.

Thanks to Heather for sharing! It's always so neat to see things like that from the past.

November 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTheHausewife

I wonder how those prices would come out, adjusted for inflation, in today's money?

November 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

Do we know who is in the photo?

November 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterQoB

Love the breastfeeding photo! Is that the grandma (baby or mom)?

November 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKK


Their Obstetric Service ($17.50) in today's dollars would cost about $166. A C-section, adjusted for inflation, would cost about $338.

And what cost $16 in 1947 would cost $152.03 in 2009.
Can I get the DeLuxe Private hospital room for $152/day, please?

November 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Well if the cost of a room is per day (i chose the DeLuxe Private just to be smug) for a week stay for both mom and baby (which is what my grandmother had in 1943), assuming a vaginal birth, and no circumcision, you get a price of $139.50, adjusting for inflation, that comes to $1366.47 in today's dollars. http://www.bls.gov/data/inflation_calculator.htm

My grandfather kept the bill for my mom's 2 week NICU stay in 1953 (granted military hospital), and her entire stay was $35. (she was born at term, but due to the "don't gain more than 5 lb rule", and its ok to keep smoking your pall malls advice she only weighed 3# 3oz)

November 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

WOW. just the room that I was in for 20 minutes while my daughter was born was over 2000$!! Just that room. The room overnight? 871$ yep. I'm sure insurance rates and litigation are the main drivers of these price increases. And the cost of docs to go to medical school.

November 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara

It's funny how a c-section would have been $32.50 and all together if you stayed two nights would have been $68.50, my bill for my unwanted c-section plus hospital stay was $25,000 not to mention my daughters $4,000 bill and the $4,500 for prenatal care. Its amazing how much money everything is now.

November 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSamantha
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