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Holborn 1921

Report for the year 1921 of the Medical Officer of Health

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An exhibition of work was held in May when the Mayoress distributed the
prizes kindly given by the Mayor. Selected articles and papers were sent in for
the National Mothercraft Competition in July 1921, when four honours certificates
were gained. A similar exhibition was held in July, during National Baby

The Council's Centre and Clinics were open during the year as follows:—

Sessions.Day and Time of Meeting.Average Attendance.Medical Supervision and Descripion of Session.
WeeklyMon., 2 to 4 p.m.Mothers12Class for Mothers.
FortnightlyTues., 2 to 4 p.m.Children18Med. Off. for Infant Consultations.
WeeklyWed., 2 to 4 p.m.Children31Med. Off. attends for Infant Consultations.
FortnightlyWed., 10 a.m. to 12 noonExpectant Mothers5Med. Off. attends for Ante-natal Clinic.
WeeklyThurs., 2 to 4 p.m.Mothers13Class.
Do.Do.Mothers & Children7Dental Clinic.
Do.Fri., 2 to 4.30 p.m.Children23Med Off. attends for Infant Consultations

The total number of attendances made by the Health Visitors at the Centres
was 542. At the Municipal Centre, 4,895 attendances were made by 47 expectant
mothers and 466 children of whom 320 were under 1 year and 146 over 1 year old.
At the Mary Ward Centre, 562 attendances of Holborn children were made by 56
children of whom 34 were under 1 year and 22 over 1 year.
Ante-Natal Hygiene.
At the Ante-natal Clinic 52 women attended during the year ; of these 47 were
ante-natal cases, five others attended after confinement; 113 attendances were
Thirteen of the ante-natal cases were expectant mothers for the first time;
a number of the expectant mothers were found to have defects either due to or
especially of concern in view of their pregnancy, the number and kind of defect
present being as follows:—
Deformed pelvis 6
Threatened abortion 1
Excessive vomiting 1
Oedema 6
Varicose veins 9
Excessive vaginal discharge 5
Albuminuria (slight) 8
Other defects 6