Episode 32: Hospital Nurseries

Photo taken through a reinforced glass nursery window at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 1969.

Throughout visual media, there are countless examples of the big window looking over a room of newborn, swaddled babies. The hospital nursery is a sight that most people are familiar with, but has really only been around since the early 20th century. Jen presents her findings into why they were created, some fascinating inventions to make them better serve the hospital community, and why they have become less popular in recent years.

Run Time: 38 minutes, 06 seconds


Photo of the Admitting Nursery at a Houston-area hospital with listed times for baby showings in approximately 1960. (John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, Houston Academy of Medicine – Texas Medical Center Library; Houston, Texas)

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