8 thoughts on “INCUBATOR 1909

  1. whoa! that looks scary!

    I remeber seeing that in the movie, Million Dollar Babies” about a mom who gives birth to 5 babies, quinntuplets at home in Canada too!

  2. I think they are still scary looking. They have a use sometimes, but if baby can be kept skin to skin with the mother with a warm blanket over both of them. The breast bone of the mother will change temperature to keep the baby warm.

  3. my best friends grandmother was a twin and was born almost 10 weeks early back in 1918- her twin brother died at birth. She was wrapped in cotton batten and kept in the warming drawer of the oven and fed breastmilk every 30 minutes with an eye dropper. She grew up to be a ballerina with the Winnipeg Ballet!!!

  4. LOL, the baby doesn’t look 6 yo to me, but I find the picture rather cozy looking. Not optimal of course, but better than the ones we have now (except for the expertize that comes with them now of course).

  5. Surely Kangaroo Mother Care would be so much nicer in cases which this can be done? I refer to Jennifer Worth’s account, in her book Call the Midwife, of a mother in 50’s London who refused to transfer to a hospital with her premature baby and instead stayed in bed with her baby cosied in between her breasts, nursing the child with a little expressed breastmilk for as long as it took.

  6. I guess they needed to invent some way to keep babies warm after birth, especially in times when women were put out with Ether, Chlorophorm, and Twilight sleep during birth. Can’t really put a baby skin-to-skin with a mother who ins’t awake.

    Why they still use warming beds and have them next to every birthing bed in a hospital is beyong me. Babies are better off with their mothers, on their chest. Can’t they just bring in the warming beds and incubaors if needed, not have them there all the time.

    Drives me nuts that they take the baby away to do the Apgar on that heating bed, when it could be done just as well on the mother.

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