"It looked like some awful torture table, with these metal stirrups sticking up in mid-air"
Hospital Delivery Room, 1952
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeHospital Delivery Room, 1952 - Credit: Roger and Renate Rössing, Wikimedia Commons

In America in the 1950's, most births took place in hospital, the rate of home births having declined from 50% in 1938 to fewer than 1% in 1955.

The concept of hospital as opposed to home birth was also promoted in Britain during the post-war period, although many British women continued to give birth at home in the 1950's.

Frieda and Nicholas, the children of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, were both born at home in Britain in 1960 and 1962 respectively.