Midwife's Tale: Lily Good

Scope and Content

Lily Good was born in 1894 in East London, the ninth of 18 children and daughter if a trained midwife. Lily was a handywoman in the London Borough of Bexley for over 50 years. She had seven sons, and one daughter who died of meningitis at age two. Lily was called by neighbours to attend births, lay out the dead, and take care of injuries.

Administrative / Biographical History

Lily Good was born in 1894 in East London, the ninth of 18 children and daughter if a trained midwife. Lily was a handywoman in the London Borough of Bexley for over 50 years. She had seven sons, and one daughter who died of meningitis at age two. Lily was called by neighbours to attend births, lay out the dead, and take care of injuries.

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]