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Remarks: This book recorded the patient's name, age, marital condition and parity or number of previous deliveries; date of admission and discharge. It then recorded details of the labour and delivery: the time in labour (which generally meant the time in second stage or heavy labour), the presentation (head, breech, transverse) and whether the baby was born alive or was stillborn. If the baby was alive, its sex, weight and length were noted, as were any interventions such as the use of forceps, or any manipulation by the accoucheur of its presentation. Complications such as prolonged tedious labour, haemorrhage, pre-eclampsia or obstructed labour would be noted, along with occasional social comments such as 'a notorious thief' or 'brought in by police'. The records are organised by date only. See for more information about these records

Description: Includes mother's name, age, marital condition, date of admission and discharge, labour and delivery details - Index with Full Text

Title: Melbourne Lying-In Hospital Midwifery Books (1856-1875)

Publisher: Royal Women's Hospital Victoria Archives

Holdings: 1856-1875


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