Midwife's Tale: Eve Osborn

Scope and Content

Transcript of an interview with Eve Osborn covering her family life and education in London, nursing training at Bishops Stortford and maternity training at Hertford (from 1935) and Perivale, conditions at Perivale, training for Part 2 midwifery at Bexleyheath, qualities necessary for midwifery, experiences on the maternity wards at Wimbledon, as a childrens’ fever nurse in the East End, social discrimination, buying uniform, stories of abortions, hygiene on the wards and in the theatre, conditions working on the district in Bexleyheath during the Second World War before joining the Army, attitude to disabled babies, extending her midwifery experience at Farnborough in 1946, potty training, limited notes on her experiences in Uganda, and the East End Hospital from 1950.

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

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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]

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