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Do You Know About Your Mother's Hospital Experience?

Do You Know About Your Mother's Hospital Experience?

Oh mad mama! It was not easy to watch Betty Draper give birth on this week's episode of Mad Men and consider the bizarre and bygone birthing methods of the '60s. Betty and Don arrived at the hospital together, but he was quickly whisked to a daddy-to-be waiting room and she was wheeled away and told to prepare to be shaven and given an enema. While glowing and beautiful as ever, Betty was still grieving the loss of her father and an utter wreck, so the moment she was given procedural (but mysterious) drugs to calm her nerves she wigged out. BuzzSugar has a look at the maddest moments from the episode, but I am glued to the terrifying, lonely, emotional and hazy delivery room experience.

Modern moms are given choices. You can have a water birth or do it in a hospital bed. You can go drug-free or take carefully administered drugs to ease the pain. You can schedule your down-there maintenance at a beauty bar or go natural. You can hold your husband's hand or cast him to the waiting room. It's frightening to be reminded that such pregnancy and delivery choices weren't always available to women (and still aren't in many places in the world). Do you know if your mother or women in your family got the Betty Draper treatment in the hospital, or were they able to control their birthing experience?

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Nadia24gv Nadia24gv 8 years
I knew about twilight sleep. What seems even scarier to me is a c-section in the 70's. Just sounds unsanitary. My mother brought my brother home in 1980 in a basket on the floor of the car. My father wasn't there for the birth...but that was his choice, he was out of town until 2 weeks later. ANYWAY...I know child birth is still not 100% safe but I feel fortunate to be around now instead of 1950.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
My mother had me in the early 80's-which was not nearly as bad as the 60's, but it was still terrible for her! She had a very high risk pregnancy with me and I was over a month premature--and after over 2 days of labor and the doctors doing everything BUT listen to her the doctors were finally going to use forceps (which my mom was adamantly against) and I came out. She should have had an emergency C-section days before. Then we she went to get her tubes tied the doctors very heartlessly said "your daughter is going to die, why would you get your tubes tied". Definitely a different experience then most woman get today. But every birthday I LOVE hearing the story of my birth!! I'm shocked some people have never asked! :)
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
iheartkerning iheartkerning 8 years
For those of you unfamiliar with the "twilight sleep" procedures they used to do, I encourage you to read up on them, it's really horrifying. It's also discussed in the documentary "The Business of Being Born" which I suggest all mothers or mothers-to-be watch...
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 8 years
My mom had 5 children and I would like to know what her experience was like. Sadly, she's not around anymore. I do know that after the fifth baby, she asked to have her "tubes tied" and the doctor needed my dad's permission in order to proceed. :oy:
tiabia tiabia 8 years
I've never talked to my own mother about her experience, I've never had the interest. However, as far the episode goes, I was far more disturbed by the act that the husband had to give permission for the wife to have an obstetric specialist come and help his wife and baby through the breech birth. Very unnerving.
vinnie vinnie 8 years
Although I had a clue about the birthing experience of the past, I was pretty shocked by the portrayal in last nights episode. Wow! How lonely and scary it must have been. My dad was not allowed in the room when my brother was born in 1969, nor when I was born in 1970. However he was allowed in the room when my sister was born in 1976. I remember my sister being brought home in a bassinet. They didn't require a car seat!!
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