Transcript of an interview given by Ruby Crenin of her experiences of childbirth between 1918 and 1932, including attitudes to sex and marriage, hospital conditions, attendance by doctors, nurses and handywomen, abortion, preparations for the baby and delivery at home, social conditions, and breastfeeding.
Midwife's Tale: Ruby Crenin
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- ReferenceGB 1538 RCMS/251/25
- Dates of Creation30 June 1986
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description1 folder, 2 audio recordings (MP3 format)
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Administrative / Biographical History
Ruby Crenin was born in Belfast in 1900. Her father was an engineer and her mother a court dressmaker. Ruby married a policeman in 1917 and between 1918 and 1924 she had four children, al born at home.
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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.