Just viewed the pics submitted by NHPlanner of Casey. (Great pics!) Technology is sure something. And it is amazing how much the whole birth process has changed since the late 1960's, early 1970's.
Back in my day, the father never had the chance to witness the birth of his child. Most small and mid-sized companies had health insurance policies that did not pay for the costs of the birth. A father couldn't take protected time off (as with the American FMLA laws) to help care for a child after it was born. Most mothers and child stayed in the hospital for about 5-7 days.
My son was born in June, 1970. I lived a city block from the hospital so I could walk over every night after work and spend time with mother and child. But they kicked me out at 9:00 PM. (About the second day, the mother wanted a "special" blanket so I did get back in the room, just for a minute, to give her that blanket.)
In the period before my son was born there were no trips to big clinics for pre-natal care. It was a trip to the family practice doctor who's office was in his basement, on a side street off of Sylvania Avenue. He didn't even have a nurse or a receptionist.....he answered the bell.
There was no technology to tell us the sex of the child. It was a wait and see period. (There was the usual spattering of old wive's tales, superstitions, family patterns, etc.)
Everything went well.....we had a very healthy boy child. (Even without the insurance card. )
What was your experience with your children? Did you know in advance their sex? Did you know of problems ahead of time (because of technology)? Did you (or your spouse) come home from the hospital within a day or so?
What say you?
From The Cradle To The Bear