Transcript of an interview given by Mary Thorley and Sissy S of their memories of the midwife, Elsie Walkerdine, including Mary's role as unofficial helper to Elsie, breastfeeding, nutrition, midwifery equipment, and Sissy's experiences of childbirth during the 1930s, with Elsie as midwife.
Midwife's Tale: Sissy S and Mary Thorley
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- ReferenceGB 1538 RCMS/247/15
- Dates of Creation19 May 1986
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- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description1 folder, 1 audio recording (MP3 format)
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Administrative / Biographical History
Sissy was born in 1906 in Deptford, south east London. She had four children in the 1930s, all delivered with midwife Elsie Walterdine in attendance.
Mary Thorley was born in 1912 in Deptford, south east London. She worked as a fitter on the trams during the war, and in a biscuit factory. In 1940, she went to lvie with a sister who lived next door to midwife Elsie Walkerdine. On Christmas day 1940, she was invited to play cards. She stayed the night at her house and remained there to live, being identified on the tenancy as Elsie's 'niece'. Mary often attended births with Elsie.
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Copyright lies with the authors Billie Hunter and Nicky Leap.