'Practice Babies': 1 Orphan Raised by 8 Mothers

Denny Domecon had eight "mothers." And every six weeks, eight more would take their place; planning his nutritious diet, his naps and tending to his every need. The 4-month-old was a "practice baby" in 1952 at Cornell University's home economics program in upstate Ithaca, N.Y., cared for by a group of "practice mothers" -- young 22-year-old students -- in a "practice apartment." Denny's real identity was anonymous and, like so many other Domecon babies, his surname meant "domestic economy."...Full Story
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