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St Pancras 1919

Report of the Medical Officer of Health for the year 1919

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Certain of the notified births set out in the above table as having taken
place in St. Pancras institutions were of infants of mothers who were not
St. Pancras residents. On the other hand, a number of St. Pancras mothers
were confined in institutions outside of the borough. In the following
paragraph the figures for 1919 are given for St. Pancras women only:—

"Extern" Midwifery.

*Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital (doctors)135
University College Hospital (medical students)679
„ „ „ (mid wives)372
Middlesex Hospital (medical students)53
Royal Free Hospital „62
St. Bartholomew's Hospital (medical students) „5
*Maternity Nursing Association, Oakley Square and Myddleton Square (midwives)286

(or 42 per cent. of the total number of births).
All the above-mentioned cases were treated gratuitously except those marked with an asterisk, in
which reduced fees were charged.

"Intern" Midwifery.

In St. Pancras:—
University College Hospital107
Royal Free Hospital (Marlborough Maternity Section)101
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital17
St. Pancras House117
Out of St Pancras:—
Middlesex Hospital62
Queen Charlotte's Lying-in Hospital166
City of London Maternity Hospital48
Other hospitals58

(or 18 per cent. of the total number of births).
It will be seen from these tables that a very substantial amount of
midwifery is available for St. Pancras women from various voluntary agencies.
The facilities for home midwifery in much of the tenement house property
are so bad, however, that an increased amount of accommodation in the way
of maternity homes or hospitals is desirable. In the northern part of the
borough the extern service from hospitals, &c., which is found in the south
does not exist.
The Council subsidizes the provision of midwifery for St. Pancras residents