"Chris, my husband, had a sister that was an RN, a registered nurse. And she says, 'When the baby comes,' she says, 'I'll come down and stay with you and help you.' Cause we had no money to go to the hospital or anything. So she was born at home. But Chris' sister come, and she helped us all through that. But, God, she weighed nine pounds. I don't know how I ever did it. But I did. Anyway, that was in 1934 that she was born. That turned out OK."
     Question: "So, did your pregnancy, up until the last, with Jim go OK?"
     "Ah, no. He had a problem. I started hemorrhaging. Well, he was born in January, and he was supposed to come in February. But he come early, because I was hemorrhaging so badly. And they rushed me to the hospital. And Dorothy was what? She was born in '34 and this was in '38, about four years old. So, anyway, my neighbor lady then took Dorothy and kept her while I was in the hospital. They didn't think I was even going to make it. And they didn't think Jim would either because I had hemorrhaged so badly. The bleeding was terrible. And in those times, you know, you didn't have blood transfusions or anything. They just didn't even think I was going to make it. But, I'm here to talk about it."

Mildred Opitz on Giving Birth at Home

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Other Excerpts from Mildred Opitz's Interview:

Poisoning Grasshoppers
Spilled Cream
1930s Balance Sheet
Another Depression?
The Worst Dust Storm
Keeping a Garden
Kids Growing Up Today
Flour Sacks for Clothes
Erecting Poles for the REA
Getting Lights and a Fridge
Indoor Plumbing
Simple Pleasures
Dating & Necking
Watermelon Time
Prohitition & Alcohol
The Dirty Thirties