Quick, Boil Some Water: The Story of Childbirth in our Grandmothers' Day

 
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Today, we hear stories of over-worked midwives and short-staffed hospitals, but the truth is that childbirth has never been easier. 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. And life didn’t get much easier after giving birth. Taking care of a home and baby was hard work when there were few washing machines, no disposable nappies and heating came from coal carried in from the back yard.

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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.

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

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