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East Ham 1950

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for East Ham]

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TABLE 20 DAY NURSERIES, 1950

Provided byNumber at 31/12/50No. of approved placesNo. of children on the register at the end of the year.Average dally attendance during the year
0-2 years2-5 years0-2 years2-5 years0-2 years2-5 years
Maintained by the Council41321619316461154
Maintained by Vol. Organisations-------
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SECTION 23 - MIDWIFERY SERVICE.
The domiciliary midwifery service continues to fill a great social
need.
Many women adhere to deep rooted tradition and strongly desire to
have their babies at home. In my opinion this idea should be encouraged.
A woman wishes to be In her own bed, in familiar surroundings, and close to
her loved ones at times of crisis such as this; and a few days later the
move from hospital to home is avoided, for it is this homecoming with Its
accompanying emotional upset that often interferes with breast feeding and
throws additional stress on the mother at a time when tranquility should be
the watchword.
There is also a closer liaison between Health Visitor and Midwife
than between Hospital and Local Authority, so that follow up by the Health
Visitor is smoother and more effective.
After all, childbirth is a natural process, and hospitals should
deal only with deviations from the normal.

The total attendances at the nurseries during 1950 are appended below :-

NurseryTotal AttendancesAverage daily attendance
School Road9,62437
17,86670
St. Stephen's Road15,95562
Wall End/Caledon Road11,63845
Total55,083
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