Hints from the Health Department. Leaflet from the archive of the Society of Medical Officers of Health. Credit: Wellcome Collection, London
[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Walthamstow]
Illegitimate Births and Mortality
|Year.||Live Births.||Infant Deaths.||Death Rates.|
Miss Williams, Superintendent of the Home provided by the
Walthamstow Branch of the Chelmsford Moral Welfare Association
contributes the figures set out below and adds as explanation as to
the larger number of cases helped from other areas that this is
equalised by Walthamstow cases requesting help but naturally
anxious to be cared for away from their homes. The total number
of cases assisted from other areas, including advice and adoptions,
amounts to 163.
At the end of the year the electrical wiring was in process of
being overhauled at a cost of £100.
Cases admitted to the Home during 1948:—
|From other areas||85|
|From other areas||49|
CARE OF PREMATURE INFANTS
The action suggested in Circular 20/44 has been carried out
as far as possible and the steps taken were detailed in the report
for 1944. During 1948, 18 premature babies were born at home
and 53 in Hospitals and Nursing Homes in the area.
Of the 18 premature babies born at home, 10 were entirely
nursed at home, 2 died during the first 24 hours (i.e., 11.1 per
cent.) and 15 survived at the end of one month (i.e., 83.3 per cent.).
Of the 53 premature babies born in Hospital, 4 died during
the first 24 hours (i.e., 7.5 per cent.) and 49 survived at the end of
one month (i.e., 92.5 per cent.).
The table "Causes of Death" which follows includes four
deaths from premature birth as compared with seven in 1947.