During my grandmothers era, things were much different than they are today. My mother was born during a difficult financial time for my grandparents. The hospital bill was $50 and they simply didn’t have it.
In those days, you were expected to pay the bill up front. If you didn’t, you could certainly leave the hospital BUT without the baby! The baby had to be left there!
My grandfather would have none of that! That very night, he twarted the hospitals plan to keep my mother. He broke into the hospital by the dead of night, stealing my mother and grandmother!
My grandmother, then got a job at Borden’s Ice Cream Shop and though it took a couple months, together my grandparents paid the hospital every penny.