Midwife's Tale: Jane Wood

Scope and Content

Transcript of an interview with Jane Wood covering her experiences as a mother in London in the 1930s, including discussion of her deliveries, social conditions, evacuation during the War, and baby clothes.

Administrative / Biographical History

Jane Wood was born in 1902 in Bermondsey, south London. She was one of 14 children and her father was a tanner. Her mother, a laundress, died when she was four, and Jane was brought up by an aunt. In 1923, she married a clerical worker and had two babies, one in 1924 and the other during the war. She worked as a machinist with the Army and Navy Territorial Outfitters.

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]