Birth Day

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Above:  Flowers from Kathy.  The pink rose is an old Damask rose she saved from a construction site in our neighborhood and has the most beautiful scent.

Rosa × damascena, more commonly known as the Damask rose, or sometimes as the Rose of Castile, is a rose hybrid, derived from Rosa gallica and Rosa moschata.  The flowers are renowned for their fine fragrance, and are commercially harvested for rose oil (either “rose otto” or “rose absolute”) used in perfumery and to make rose water and “rose concrete”. The flower petals are also edible. They may be used to flavor food, as a garnish, as an herbal tea, and preserved in sugar as gulkand. ~Wiki~


At 1:00AM this morning I turned 73. Mom having been in labor for 24 hours, I came too late for mother’s Day in 1942.  Mom said I was black and blue and she felt awful.  I still have the scars on my head from the forceps the doctor used to yank me out. Born today, I would have been a c-section birth.

Wiki says:

The term ‘forceps’ is used almost exclusively within the medical field. Outside medicine, people usually refer to forceps as tweezers, tongs, pliers, clips or clamps.

Etymologically, the word derives from the Latin forca, meaning a snare or trap. Mechanically, forceps employ the principle of the lever to grasp and apply pressure.

Obstetric forceps consist of two branches that are positioned around the fetal head. These branches are defined as left and right depending on which side of the mother’s pelvis they will be applied. The branches usually, but not always, cross at a midpoint which is called the articulation. Most forceps have a locking mechanism at the articulation, but a few have a sliding mechanism instead, allowing the two branches to slide along each other. Forceps with a fixed lock mechanism are used for deliveries where little or no rotation is required, as when the fetal head is in line with the mother’s pelvis. Forceps with a sliding lock mechanism are used for deliveries requiring more rotation.


Every birthday while I was growing up, my parents told me the story of my birth, how my Mom had almost died, how the doctors told Dad he had to choose between “his wife” or “the baby,” how I survived despite my condition.

I was a resilient kid. A month later, I contracted pneumonia, and was saved by the new wonder drug, penicillin.   I told my daughter that I need to live to age 80 to break even on my annuity.  She said, “You’ll make it.


25 thoughts on “Birth Day

  1. Dane: I too had Pnemonia and appendicitis at the age of 3. Sulfer saved me.I had a difficult birth with my daughter which resulted in a C-section. She too gets to hear her birth story every year.

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  2. Sending you virtual roses and happy belated birthday wishes. I was told I was born with a broken shoulder where the doctor grabbed a-hold with the forceps. I didn’t even give one thought to how awful that must have been for my mother until I had my first child (perfectly normally and relatively easily). I told her that then and she just laughed. I think by then she’d forgotten the trauma. (
    They never laid that guilt trip on me at all, for which I am grateful.) My mother said I came home with a sling made from my dad’s handkerchief and she said my dad was afraid to touch me!

    (My only broken bone in 75 years and I don’t remember it at all ;>)

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  3. OUCH ! That picture of the baby & the forceps says it all. So glad you all survived and Happy Birthday to you. A friend gave me some roses lately and they are lovely but have no aroma at all !!

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  4. Happy B-day ! I was born on Mothers Day and have the same chinks on my head too.My Mom told them well, demanded that they knock her out so I got yanked into the world as Mom wasn’t pushing. She told me I was born with the cord wrapped tightly around my legs and neck. I attribute this being the reason for my short legs and stature . I do know that no hair ever grew where the cord was.Love the rose picture and the info about it.Have a wonderful day and year.

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  5. Many Happy Returns of the Day Dianne :). Hope it’s a good one.
    I’ll be catching you up in six months – six months to the day lol. Yes I was born on October 12th 1942 in a war torn city in England. I spent the first few months of my life being carried in and out of bomb shelters. No wonder my mother never liked loud unexpected noises.

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  6. Happy Birthday. Delivery with forceps sounds like a terrible situation. I know it was quite common for a long time, and certainly a blessing for some women and babies who would have died without them. My first child was 9.5 lbs so yes, I was glad c-sections had come along by then.

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    • Yes, invented in the nineteenth century and used until the 1950s (in the States), forceps were considered a medical advance. Mom almost died with every pregnancy. She was sick the entire time she was alive, but she managed to be a good Mom for the most part. Thank goodness we know so much more about women’s health today.

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