A formidable character
My twin sister and I were born at the Maternity Hospital in Buckingham Road on June 27th 1956. Being a twin birth, the consultant, Dr Constance Benyon, was in attendance. She apparently was a formidable character but an excellent obstetrician. As a midwife myself, I have read some of her articles from the 1950s and she was very pro-natural birth. Her views were probably influenced by the fact that she at least once carried working on the delivery suite right up until going into labour.
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Shaped my choice of career?
As we lived in Buckingham Road, when I grew up, I did a paper round from Tuppen’s the newsagent in Upper Gloucester Road. I actually delivered papers to mothers in the Maternity Unit. I remember the Nightingale post-natal ward, with the babies in calico cots in a line down the middle of the ward. They were only moved to the end of their mother’s beds at visiting time. Blue or pink ribbons were tied to the top of the cots. Maybe those visits helped shape my future career.