Hospital Birth Costs 1946

dlc mercy chargesThese are the charges for the maternity ward at Mercy Hospital, San Diego, California in 1946.  To be paid in advance.   And this is the actual bill for my birth – they got a refund!!

dlc mercy bill

And I also have the receipt for the certified birth certificate.  It was purchased at the same place you would get a permit for a cess pool or to remove human remains – I was listed under ‘sundry and unclassified’ – not very complimentary.

dlc bc bill

At 8 months, a diet schedule was prepared for me.  Scraped beef – Ymmmm!

dlc diet schedule

dlc food allowed

I think they got their money’s worth!


5 thoughts on “Hospital Birth Costs 1946

  1. What a wonderful and rich visual history you have. As the third child of parents who moved around a lot, I have very few photographs of my childhood and nothing further back than my father’s boyhood. I love visiting your blog and imagining similar moments in my own unrecorded history. Thank you for sharing.



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