Transcript of an interview with two sisters, Molly and Lily relating to the memories of their mother and the birth of her eight children by a local 'midwife' in South Shields during the 1920s and 1930s, including preparations for the births, home-made remedies, the handywoman's role as general nurse in the community, vaccinations, social conditions, lack of sexual education, illegal abortions, wartime experiences, and prevalence of TB and death.
Midwife's Tale: Molly Baldrey and Lily N
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- ReferenceGB 1538 RCMS/251/18
- Dates of Creation7 August 1987
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description1 folder, 2 audio recordings (MP3 format)
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Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Lily and Molly were sisters, born in 1919 and 1921 respectfully. They grew up in dockland, Tyneside. They remember Granny Anderson, the local handywoman, and life in the working class community there.
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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.