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.
Midwife's Tale: Bronwen Hill
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- ReferenceGB 1538 RCMS/251/2
- Dates of Creation1987
- Name of Creator
- Physical Description1 folder, 2 audio recordings (MP3 format)
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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.
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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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