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Giving birth in the 40s, 50s and 60s

Hi. I'm looking to speak to anyone who gave birth in Barking and Dagenham or was a midwife in the 40s, 50s and 60s for a feature in the Barking and Dagenham Post.
We have some great pictures from the time and would like to hear people's memories of what it was like having a baby then.
Call Sara on 020 8477 3893 or email or post below. Thanks!


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Barbara N
I had my son in Williams ward at Upney Hospital in 1968, Bobby Moore's wife Tina was in there at the same time, Although the staff were good to us they waited on her hand and foot, was she paying private? or was it just because of who she was?

The treatment I received in 1965 was barbaric. I was 18 having my first baby and was left on my own not knowing what was happening to me. When my baby was finally born I was not allowed to see it and it was left to my husband to tell my that she had been stillborn. I was then put in a ward with other mothers that had their babies. Three years later I received a letter telling me my baby had been born with hydrocephalis and spina bifida. Thank goodness parents that are in this situation now are treated with compassion.
I was born there in 1949 and my son was born in the then new unit in 1972.My wife was in Labour three days had a forceps delivery then my son was taken away and we did not see him for over 24 hours my wife was in pieces .Nothing was wrong but they just did not think in those days you were just meat.

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