Transcript of an interview with Lou Nicholson covering her experience as a mother in 1931, including her knowledge of birth control, milk substitutes, availability of antenatal care, difference between hospital and home birth, preparations needed for home birth, and the death of her eldest son from haemophilia.
Midwife's Tale: Lou Nicholson
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- ReferenceGB 1538 RCMS/251/13
- Dates of Creation17 March 1986
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description1 folder, 2 audio recordings (MP3 format)
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Administrative / Biographical History
Lou Nicholson was born in 1912 in the Angel, London. Her paretns separated and she was brought up by a 'Mrs Amos'. She married in 1931. Her first child, a son, was born in 1931 and died when he was nine months old. Between 1934 and 1942 she had three daughters. Her various jobs included being a coil-winder, French polisher, brush-maker, and office cleaner.
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