Midwife's Tale: Alice Forrest

Scope and Content

Transcript of an interview with Alice Forrest covering her experiences as a mother during the 1930s to 1940s, including details of social conditions, Caesarean delivery of her baby in hospital, war time, baby gas masks, pain relief, and feeding; together with the original interview recording.

Administrative / Biographical History

Alice Forrest was born in Dulwich, South London in 1903 and had one son by Caesarean Section in 1937; she was from a well-off, middle-class family.

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]