Am sitting here watching "Father's Little Dividend" and it really strikes you how far maternity, L&D has come in 50 years.
The word "pregant" is never mentioned, instead respectable married women like Miss. Taylor's character are "having a baby". Both sets of parents are prefectly free to contact, visit the OB and openly discuss "how things are going", and probe the doctor about his new methods all without apparently the patient's consent or knowledge.
It seems expectant mother's planned for along stay in hospital as they arrive with cases packed with bed jackets, night gowns, and other assorted "intimate apparel" to last a trans-Atlantic cruise.
First sign of labour, the couple rush to hospital, greeted by a nurse who sends the husband to admitting and after that to cool his jets in the "Father's Waiting Room", while the soon mother to be is taken into her rooms. Here she will wait until labour reaches it's natural conclusion. After birth the new mother is sent to her room, and baby goes off to the newborn nursery. Here we find what seems to be a score or more of scrub dress wearing nurses (complete with scrub hats and masks) to care for Baby. The closest family and friends can get to Baby is through the window of the nursery.
Kind of makes childbirth sound like a vacation!