Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Babies Are Not Interchangeable

From The Daily Commonwealth of Fond du Lac, Wis., Sept. 20, 1912:

Pittsburg, Pa., Sept. 20.—That scores of parents in Pittsburg are unwittingly rearing children of others is the intimation given by members of the Associated Women's clubs, who are investigating the maternity wards of hospitals here. The accusation is that babies born in the hospitals are laid in a row on one bed. When the mother asks to see her child the nurse picks up the first one handy and presents it. Frequently, it is said, mistakes have been made. At the hospitals the suggestion that any mother could be deceived about her own child, even if all infants look alike, is scouted.

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