Midwife's Tale: Bronwen Hill

Scope and Content

Transcription of an interview with Bronwen Hill covering her experiences as a midwife, including training in London (1925), role as a midwife in Swansea, caesaren sections, unmarried mothers, delivery of the placenta, her marriage to a doctor, pain relief, own experiences of childbirth, and social conditions; together with recordings of the interviews.

Administrative / Biographical History

Bronwen Hill was born in 1897 in Swansea, South Wales, and apart from her midwifery training in London, spent all her working life there. The third of six children, she trained as a nurse in 1919, and wored as a district nurse/midwife in the docklands area of Swansea. She gave up this work after marrying the local GP, since it was not considered 'proper' for the doctor's wife to continue in such a job.

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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Conditions Governing Use

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]