Lily Good: The Midwife’s Tale Oral History Collection

Our penultimate extract from The Midwife’s Tale Oral History Collection is taken from an interview with ‘handywoman’ Lily Good. In Britain around the time of the First World War ‘handywoman’ was the name for a woman who attended births, nursed the sick and laid out the dead in her local community. During this period childbirth…

Edie Martinson: The Midwife’s Tale Oral History Collection

This week’s extract from The Midwife’s Tale Oral History Collection explores the difficulties experienced by poor and working class mothers in London during the 1930s and 1940s. The interview below features Edie Martinson who was born in London in 1902 and came from a working-class home. She married in 1920 and had five children between…

Eve Osborn: The Midwife’s Tale Oral History Collection

The second extract from The Midwife’s Tale Oral History Collection is taken from an interview with midwife Eve Osborn, recorded in 1986. In this extract Eve describes her experiences working as a midwife on the district in Bexleyheath, in the London Borough of Bexley, during the Second World War . Interview reference: RCMS/251/8 Transcript: Interviewer:…

Nursing Notes & Midwives’ Chronicle, December 1947: Home for Christmas

This month’s feature is brought to you by the December 1947 issue of Midwives’ Chronicle and Nursing Notes and by the themes of home and Christmas. It covers the growing popularity of hospital births during the mid-twentieth century, the role of domiciliary midwives in home births, and recipes for making a memorable Christmas dinner. The…

Nursing Notes & Midwives’ Chronicle, July 1908

This month’s post is taken from the July 1908 issue of Nursing Notes & Midwives’ Chronicle, and has a very strong Suffragette theme. ‘About twenty members started with the Treasurer from the Club to join the Suffrage Procession on the Embankment. We had a most delightful time and think it was a great pity that…

Nursing Notes & Midwives’ Chronicle, March 1936

This month’s post comes from the 1936 volume of Nursing Notes & Midwives’ Chronicle, at a time when a new parliamentary bill for midwives was finally reaching the last stages before becoming a new Act to supplement those already passed in 1902 and 1926. It is probably fair to say that those representing the midwives…

Nursing Notes & Midwives Chronicle, September 1914

This post is taken from the September 1914 issue of The Nursing Notes and Midwives Chronicles. This issue of Nursing Notes reflects the impact of the outbreak of the First World War the previous month. On turning the front page the reader finds a statement from the producers of infant dried milk, Glaxo, reassuring customers…