Midwife's Tale: Lou Nicholson

Scope and Content

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.

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.

Conditions Governing Access

Transcripts and Sample Audio: Free to view and download from the website of the Royal College of Midwives: https://www.rcm.org.uk/library-and-information-services

Audio of Full Interviews: Accessible for free and by appointment at the library of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

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Copies for private study purposes only are available from the Archivist (contact: archives@rcog.org.uk). Copyright permission is required for commercial use of audio and transcripts.

Copyright lies with the authors Billie Hunter and Nicky Leap.

Related Material

The Midwife’s Tale: an Oral History from Handywoman to Professional Midwife, by Nicky Leap and Billie Hunter (2nd edition, 2013) [Available at the RCOG library, reference WQ11 LEA]