Transcript of an interview with Edith Burgess covering her experiences as a midwife, including her training in Newcastle during the First World War, attitude to unmarried mothers, social conditions, positions at Burnley, Lancashire and with Lambeth Borough Council, where she worked for 50 years, some of it as a district midwife, pain relief, delivery techniques, feeding for mothers and babies, conditions in the homes and in the hospitals, infections and maternal mortality, relationship between patients and midwives, delivering breech babies, antenatal care, treatment for jaundiced babies, memories her association with the Royal College of Midwives, sexual knowledge, and disposal of the placenta.
Midwife's Tale: Edith Burgess
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- ReferenceGB 1538 RCMS/251/4
- Dates of Creation1 February 1986
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description1 folder, 3 audio recordings (MP3 format)
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Administrative / Biographical History
Edith Burgess was born in Hull in 1894, the eldest of eight children from a working-class family. She trained as a midwife in Newcastle in 1921 and moved south to Lambeth in London, where she worked in a maternity home for 50 years.
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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.