Midwife's Tale: Isobel Green

Scope and Content

Transcript of an interview with Isobel Green covering her experiences a a mother in east London, including wartime experiences, baby food, antenatal and postnatal care, social conditions, introduction of the National Health Service, and lack of contraception.

Administrative / Biographical History

Isobel Green was born in London in 1901 into a Jewish family. She was one of three children. Her father was a tailor's cutter and her mother a home dressmaker. They lived in West Hamsted and had a maid. Hannah left school at 14 and went into office work, later for an estate agent. Her husband was a tailor and she had two children in 1928 and 1937. She was interviewed under the pseudonym 'Hannah H' in 1986.

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]