Mildred Seddelmeyer nee Hollmann

Conversation with Mildred Seddlemeyer
Fall of 1994
(with Ruth Everson)
Ruth:
Were you born at home?

Mildred:
Yes.

Ruth:
Did they have the midwife come in?

Mildred:
No, just an old doctor, Dr. um -- oh shoot, I can't say it now.

Ruth:
That was a long time ago.

Mildred:
Yeah, that was a long time ago. But you know, nowadays it would have been caesarean -- my mother was hurt so bad. That's why I don't have any other family. Yeah.

Ruth:
Because you were the first and only.

Mildred:
I didn't even know that, but while Aunt Dorothy was living, why, she told me that. See, I was born in June, and my mother had to be in bed 'til September.

Ruth:
That's a long convalescence.

Mildred:
But it was just done at home, you know. Schick, was it, Dr. Schick!

Ruth:
Well, what would they do? When a woman went into labor, I suppose the husband or somebody was sent out to get the doctor. There was no telephone service, so they would have to --

Mildred:
I don't know, I wasn't there! [laughter]



Transcribed by Bart Everson