Transcription of an interview with Edie Martinson covering her experience as a young mother in London (1918), including childbirth, midwives, social conditions, death of her first baby to enteritis and third baby to poverty, her service with the Land Army during the First World War, her different jobs to support her family, marriage breakdowns, sexual knowledge, contraception, abortions, benefits, and health during pregnancy.
Midwife's Tale: Edie Martinson
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- ReferenceGB 1538 RCMS/251/3
- Dates of CreationJune 1986 - April 1987
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description2 folders, 6 audio recordings (MP3 format)
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Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Edie Martinson was born in London in 1902 and came from a working-class home. She married in 1920 and had five babies between 1920 and 1935, two of them dying in early infancy. Edie had various jobs throughout her life, including washing-up, waitressing, cooking and factory work.
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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.