The Cost of Having Me


In today’s world the cost of having children is huge compared to when I was born … 65 years ago today.  As I was going through some of my Mom’s things, I came across the hospital bill that she saved.

Back then they kept mothers and babies in the hospital for a lot longer than they do now.  Mom and I were there for five days and I was a natural birth.  I guess they wanted to make sure that we got the care we needed before sending us home.  What a concept as compared to now!  Mom said the doctor and nurses were terrific. Marysville is a great town … 4,000 people back then, and still around 4,000.  I haven’t been back there in a long while but one of these days, I plan to go.

As you can see from the breakdown on my hospital bill, it cost a whole $4.00 for “Care of Baby.”  Wow!  Compare that to the cost of having a child these days.  Unbelievable, isn’t it?

I was born exactly at 12:00 midnight on the 12th and Mom was in labor for 12 hours.  The doctor gave her a choice for my birth date and she picked the 12th because she said that was the date that she did all the “work.”  12-12-12 … hmmm.  Namaste’





7 Comments Add yours

  1. Gigi Centaro says:

    What a fun invoice. I’m sure that in 1949 $57 was a lot of money. What was the average weekly take home back then? This was a clever post. Thanks for sharing.


  2. Life used to be so simple. My Dad had to borrow $35.00 from his boss when I was born. Have a very Happy Birthday and eat lots of cake. Love you
    B & L


  3. Anne Hewitt says:

    WOW…………I liked it then!  And, I didn’t get your B/D card in the mail, but have been thinking of you all day……………so           HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!!      Milk it for all it’s worth and have a wonderful Day!!!

    Love, Anne               


  4. Patti says:

    HAPPY 🎵 BIRTH🎶 DAY 🎧 my dear friend. Wow, you were not very expensive. Guess I cost even less than you since I am older. LOL. And I am amazed that your Mom has saved that document for 65 years and thru so many moves. What a cool treasure to have. May the year ahead bring you lots of good health, wealth & happiness. 🎈


  5. lilinamaste says:

    Awesome thoughts! Thank you for sharing!


  6. bulldog says:

    Happy Birthday for yesterday…. may there be many many more…. $57 in 1949…. mmmm is that not the equvilant of $50 000 now..??


  7. Tedd says:

    At that price you should have been a twin . . . check out the cost for WS!


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