I am totally addicted and mesmerised by something I stumbled upon tonight when trying to access some info from the hospy where I birthed the firstborn:
Go to the midwifery books and enlarge and have a read if you're so inclined.
I've just googled that 'child putrid' means a death ( there were a few of them in 1958, and I thought the term was a bit harsh .. although I was titilated by one woman being labelled a 'lush' in 1856 .. )
The other thing that interested me was the age of all these women.
Is the 'older mother' tag of these days a farce ?
What of all those families of 6 and 8 ?
I've only read a few pages so far, but despite all these women being ( presumably ) of good Catholic stock ( English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish ), they're not breeding like rabbits ( although I did find one woman my age on her 13th - um, you go girl ! ).
I'm finding it fascinating.
I'm off to read more..
( Update: 'child putrid' is actually different from 'stillborn'. it means they baby died inside the mother and perhaps languished there for a while - back in the day, remember .. no ultrasounds or regular checkups .. so baby was a bit .. err .. 'rank' on exit. Ulcerated, decomposing. Nice )