Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Thomson, Kathleen Mary, - , Interviewee, Female, Midwife
Speaker: Johnson, R, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Outlines church going background in Leicester, feeling of wanting to work in missionary field, how came to take up nursing. Sketches training at Ramsgate General Hospital, pay, becoming midwife in London during Second World War blitz. Recalls importance of Anderson shelters. Mentions joining Civil Nursing Reserve at Adambrook Hospital, Cambridge; surviving bombing at Ramsgate General Hospital, sheltering in caves. Explains nurse shortages after war caused married women to be able to return to nursing, joining Leicester General Hospital in charge of labour ward. Talks about hospital, nurses' homes, antenatal classes, large families possibly due to limited contraception, superstitions, dealing with illegitimate children, attitudes to miscarriages, abortion.
Place of birth: Leicester
Education: To age 14
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Shoe worker
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 11/11/1988
Playing time: 40 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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