Transcript of an interview with Kath Lambert and Margaret Anderson covering their experience as domiciliary midwives during the 1940s and 1950s, including discussion of a midwife's intuition, place of birth, relationship between midwives and doctors, as Queens nurses in Saffron Walden, modes of transport, effect of the Second World War on nursing services, payments for childbirth, training, experience with thalidomide and other disabilities, delivery positions, pain relief during childbirth, destruction of the placenta, methods used during complicated deliveries, resuscitation of babies, antenatal and postnatal care, cot deaths, breastfeeding, social conditions, existence of handywomen, anecdotes of births they attended, and emergency obstetric services.
Midwife's Tale: Kath Lambert and Margaret Anderson
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- ReferenceGB 1538 RCMS/251/19
- Dates of Creation22 August 1985
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description1 folder, 4 audio recordings (MP3 format)
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Administrative / Biographical History
Katherine and Margaret were sisters who were born into a middle-class family in Bromley, Kent. Both took up nursing, and later midwifery. They eventually worked together as district nurses/midwives in a small Essex town.
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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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Copyright lies with the authors Billie Hunter and Nicky Leap.