In 1968 it was not only acceptable for a new mother to smoke within a few hours after delivery, but she could even light a cigarette from the comfort of her hospital bed – as long as her newborn baby was not in the hospital
last year Micala Henson went on Facebook to share a picture of the instructions her grandmother had received from the hospital when she gave birth to Henson's mother in October 1968, painfully outdated and medically questionable guidelines until 2020.
During “No Smoking, while the baby is in the room “highlighted as perhaps the worst health advice on the list, other rules show how much our culture has changed over the past 50 years. For example, fathers were strictly forbidden to sit in the room when their wives were breastfeeding, and visitors could only see babies "displayed" at the kindergarten window during certain (and very restrictive) time windows.
The nursing plan itself was also exceptionally strict. Nurses brought the baby to their mother four times a day, and the mother was only able to breastfeed for a certain number of minutes at a time ̵
"If the baby is breastfeeding longer," the instructions say, "The nipple may become sore." or whenever they're hungry.
There is also a short, confusing list of foods that breastfeeding mothers should avoid, including chocolates, raw apples, cabbage, nuts, strawberries, cherries, onions, and something called a "green coconut cake." We can only guess what the hospital staff meant by this last item, but some Easter cakes have green coconut shavings that look like grass. Today, the CDC recommends that young mothers eat a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, but do not eat seafood (due to the risks of mercury poisoning) and caffeine.
As long as young mothers consume a variety of healthy foods, they are likely entitled to one or two pieces of coconut cake.
[h/t Bored Panda]