There are many maternity homes through out the United States. Some still exist and some no longer exist. This 2 part blog series is touching base on only a few. If there is a particular maternity home you are interested in, please let me know.
Booth Memorial Hospitals
There were Booth Memorial Hospitals in most major U.S. cities and they were run by the Salvation Army. The hospitals are closed now and the records have been warehoused.
The contact information is as follows:
Central Territory Headquarters
10 W. Algonquin Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016-6006
Serving the states of: MI, IN, IL, WI, MN, ND, SD, IA, MO, NE, KS
Eastern Territory Headquarters
440 West Nyack Road
West Nyack, NY 10994-1739
Serving the states of: ME, VT, NH, MA, CT, RI, NY, NJ,
DE, PA, OH, N.KY, PR, VI
Southern Territory Headquarters (Sorry no webpage found)
1424 NE Expressway
Atlanta, GA 30329-2088
Serving the states of: MD, W.VA, VA, S.KY, TN, NC, SC,
GA, FL, MS, AL, AR, LA, OK, TX, DC
Western Territory Headquarters
180 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90802
1 800 698-7728
Serving the states of: MT, WY, CO, NM, AZ, UT, ID, NV, CA, OR, WA, HI, AK
Contact Person: Leslie Peacock
California, San Francisco – St Elizabeth’s Maternity Home
Anyone born at this Maternity Home might have trouble locating it because of the name change. This is now known as: Mt. St. Jospeph-St. Elizabeth and the address for contact is:
100 Masonic Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94118
Delaware – The Veil & Dr. Niles
This is a Black Market Adoption Doctor in Delaware, his name was Dr. Jerome Niles, he is now deceased. The Veil (maternity home & hospital) no longer exists. The Veil also existed in Langhorne, PA. Most Babies born were between 1920 – 1950′s. and were mostly Jewish cultured, some Italian birth families, mostly from New York City or New York state, some from Northern New Jersey.
Bessie Bernard was placing babies from both Veils, who helped the doctors sell babies between the two Veil homes. Research that has been conducted by a DE Search and Support group called Finders Keepers has learned that most of the birth certificates were falsified and that all the birth certificates say “Born in Middletown, Delaware”. Most of the adoptions Dr. Niles facilitated were placed with rich Jewish Families in New York state, New York City, or Northern New Jersey.