Pennsylvania does not put birth times on the birth certificate. It is on the hospital birth record. You have to request the record from Vital Statistics or ask them to write the time on the certificate. For information about how to find a Pennsylvania birth time, go to Vital Records
I have a list of hospitals below . As more information becomes available, it seems clear that the majority of hospitals recorded births as EST all year around prior to 1972. If you have a birth time from a hospital, you are better off assuming it is an EST birth time. I will continue to keep you updated.
Thank you so much to all who have supplied me with birth time information. If you have any information about a particular hospital, please email me.
If anyone has sent me information that does not appear below, please re-contact me. Thanks!
Hospitals in Pennsylvania confirmed as recording birth times as Eastern Standard Time (EST) throughout the year prior to April 12, 1972
Allentown Osteopathic Hospital Allentown, Lehigh County
AFL-CIO Hospital Philadelphia, Philadelphia County (now called Kennedy Hospital)
Bryn Mawr Hospital Bryn Mawr, Montgomery County
Butler Hospital Butler, Butler County
Charleroi-Monessen Hospital Charleroi, Washington County
(Monongahela Valley (Mon Valley) Hospital was built to replace the Char/Mon Hospital.)
Chester County Hospital West Chester, Chester County
Chestnut Hill Hospital Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
Delaware Valley Medical Center Bristol, Bucks County
Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital Darby, Delaware County * see note below
*Important - Although this hospital seemed to have had a general policy to write times as Standard time - this hospital also has some birth times listed as DST for daylight savings time. Order the hospital birth record to be sure. You can find out how above.
Frankford Hospital Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
Germantown Hospital Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
Jefferson Hospital Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
Lancaster General Hospital Lancaster, Lancaster County
(A woman in Medical Records reports that the hospital continued to use EST all year around for approximately a year after they did not have to do so any more, which means that some births in 1973 may recorded as EST even during EDT).
Lankenau Hospital Wynnewood, Montgomery County
(Some people report this hospital as being in Philadelphia because it is on the dividing line between Wynnewood and Philadelphia)
Magee Hospital Pittsburgh, Allegheny County (also called Magee Women’s Hospital)
*Important - Although this hospital seemed to have had a general policy to write times as standard time - this hospital also has some birth times listed as DST for daylight savings time. Order the hospital birth record to be sure. You can find out how above.
Lower Bucks Hospital Bristol, Bucks County
Mercy Hospital Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
Mercy Hospital Scranton, Lackawanna County
Misericordia Hospital Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
Mercy Haverford Hospital Havertown, Delaware County
Methodist Episcopal Hospital Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
Nazareth Hospital Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
Osteopathic Hospital Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
Phoenixville Hospital Phoenixville, Chester County
Poly Clinic Harrisburg, Dauphin County
Reading Hospital Reading, Berks County
Riddle Memorial Hospital Media, Delaware County
(I have information that this hospital continued to register births as Standard Time through 1975)
Rochester General Hospital Rochester, Beaver County
Rolling Hill Hospital Elkins Park, Montgomery County
This hospital is sometimes listed as being in Cheltenham
Sacred Heart Hospital Chester, Delaware County
Saint Joseph’s Hospital Lancaster, Lancaster County
Saint Joseph’s Hospital Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
Saint Joseph's Hospital Reading, Berks County
Saint Luke's Hospital Fountain Hill, Lehigh County
Temple Hospital Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
Westmoreland Hospital Greensburg, Westmoreland County
Hospitals confirmed as recording birth times as EDT during Daylight Savings Time and EWT during War Time prior to April 12, 1972.
Episcopal HospitalEpiscopal Hospital Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania Hospital Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
[This is not the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP)]
Saint Vincent’s Hospital Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
Sewickley Valley Hospital Sewickley, Allegheny County
I have decided to pass on information based on Pennsylvania astrologers' personal experience and research even when we still lack the official documentation.
I was talking to a couple gentlemen who work at the university I work at.
They both told me separately that all hospitals in pa. recorded birth time in standard time, and that procedures at the hospitals where recorded in standard time , all the clocks in the hospitals where set on standard time making it difficult for the people working there.
My friends are in their 70s and 80s ,one remembers walking in to a hospital in 1963 and all the clocks where on standard time when everyone else was using daylight savings time. they said it was the law and all hospitals in pa. followed it . I don't know when they stopped ,but they both thought it was the mid 60s [it was actually 1972 AO]
I hope this will help you out, j.s.
Astrologer Linda Waters has reported that she quizzed a person in Medical Record at Abington Hospital which is located in Montgomery County who reported that this hospital recorded births as Standard Time all year around until the early 1950’s. After that the hospital recorded in local time. Although there is nothing yet official, Linda Waters feels certain that the Standard Time works for clients who were born prior to 1950.
Information about Allentown Osteopathic Hospital
From Bobbie Folz Peters
I have some info concerning the recording of Pennsylvania births I hope you will find helpful. My son Nicholas was born in the Allentown Osteopathic Hospital on May 26, 1973 at 6:02 AM EDST; however his certificate shows his time of birth as 7:02 AM EST.
Information about Chester Hospital
Someone reported the following:
I was born in Chester hospital 1958 my mother remembers my birth time around 3 am my birth record says 1.24 am that makes me think that old Chester hospital used EST for births
Information about Citizen's General Hospital in New Kensington in Westmoreland County
It's been reported to me by someone who spoke to a maternity ward nurse who worked at this hospital prior to 1972 that birth times were recorded in the time being observed meaning that they did not follow the regulation. The person I spoke with stated that she feels here birth chart to be accurate using an EDT chart for her summer time birth.
Information about Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital
I received the below:
I came across your web page regarding the PA Time Project. It interested me because I was born on August 12, 1951 at Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital in Darby, PA. I checked my birth certificate (I still have the original hospital certificate) and found that my birth time is listed as 1:45 AM D.S.T. I also have my sister’s original hospital birth certificate, also Fitzgerald Mercy. It shows that she was born on October 25, 1954 at 5:58 PM E.S.T. (Based on DST ending on the last Sunday of October, DST was in effect when she was born.)
I thought this information might be helpful to you since you have Fitzgerald Mercy listed as a hospital that recorded birth times in EST. Based on my sister’s and my birth certificates, it appears they must have done it both ways.
Thanks for an interesting website.
Information about Frankford Hospital
From Bobbie Folz Peters
My sister was born in 1944 while "War Time" was in existence year round. (War time was the equivalent of Daylight Savings Time) She was born in Philadelphia at the Frankford Hospital Oct 28, 1944 and her birth time was also recorded in standard time 4:31 pm EST.
Women’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Chester-Crozer Hospital of Chester
I have two hospitals that I think used EST to document births but do not have anything firm. It is not uncommon in Pennsylvania for a mother to insist that the birth time for her child is exactly one hour off than the time the hospital lists; or, for a mother to document in a baby’s book a birth time that is different than the officially listed time on the hospital Birth Record.
The two hospitals that have come to my attention are Women’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Chester-Crozer Hospital of Chester, Pennsylvania. Because of more than one report about discrepancies in the recording of birth times from these two hospitals, I feel fairly confident that both hospitals recorded birth times as EST during EDT. Please let me know of your experience with these hospitals.
Information about Passavant Hospital in the Hill District of Pittsburgh
Hi, I contacted you about the Pennsylvania time project a few weeks back because I was so *shocked* to learn that for decades hospitals had been recording times as Eastern Standard all year long. I NEVER knew this until I read it on your web site, and obviously for astrology buffs this bureaucratic quirk makes all the difference.
You can actually wheedle a birth time out of the state records office at New Castle, but, as you thought, you must write a letter specifying that you want the time specifically. I did this, and I got yet another form to fill out and return, which I did, again emphasizing I WANT THE TIME.
A month later I got a birth certificate with the time! However, the certificate does not specify whether it's EST or EDT.... Passavant Hospital is in the Hill District Pittsburgh (site of probably thousands of Western Pennsylvania births, since it was built in 1854!)
Information about Saint Luke's Hospital
From Bobbie Folz Peters
I have some info concerning the recording of Pennsylvania births I hope you will find helpful. I was born in the St. Luke's Hospital in Philadelphia (no longer in existence) on Aug 9, 1940. The time of birth was recorded as 2:43 PM EST.
I was also born at St. Luke's in Philadelphia, no longer in existence. I think it was at Second & Spring Garden.
My chart has been rectified, and the Standard Time is correct.