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Quick, Boil Some Water!

For our grandmothers, pregnancy was a journey into the unknown. Rather than ponder which pushchair to buy or fret over towelling versus disposable nappies, they worried about what lay ahead. Home births were often lonely affairs with the midwife or doctor only visiting when birth was imminent. During hospital births, medical staff rarely gave explanations and would push and prod with little offer of pain relief let alone sympathy. Standard care in labour was the O.B.E. - Oil, Bath and Enema. Nursing staff gave firm rules on how long to stay in bed, how to lie in bed and even when to go to the toilet.
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A brief history of childbirth, The war years, the post-war years, the recovery years, the years of change.

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Yvonne Barlow was a midwife in Scotland and worked in a rural hospital in Zambia, serving with VSO. Later she studied journalism and has been published in English-language journals around the world.


"If you like 'Call the Midwife', you will love 'Quick, Boil Some Water'." (Women's Feature Service).

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