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Sorrento Hospital Nursing Home

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Janet s

Guest
also known as the stork hotel. My son was boen there over 30 years ago
 
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BernardR

Guest
Congratulations Ken that is the year my sister was born there - April it was.
 

Frothblower

Lubrication In Moderation
That's great init'
Kenaldis asks a question about where he was born and finds out in 2 posts, with a photo to boot :)
 

Terry Court

proper brummie kid
I was born in Sorrento in 1956 unexpectadly as my mom was told she was only having one child. I popped out an hour after my sister, no scans in those days. my dad had to go out and buy all new stuff.I was told i was a breach birth and had yellow jaundice
 

Richie

Mr.Respectable
As far as the original Victorian house is concerned, can trace some black-and-white photos of that era for you. They are on www.viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk. Easiest way is if you just get the homepage and type in "Sorrento" in the search box right in front of you. I'm traditionally a cinema/theatre specialist but these came up co-incidentally.

I'm claiming the cinema photos on that site as a BH first for a later essay on Birmingham cinemas!
 

Louis Dalby

The Ham Man
Apparently, according to my birth certificate, I was born at No. 15 Wake Green Road in 1945. Is there anybody out there that remembers whether this was a maternity home then or a private residence?

Regards

Ken
You may like to look under Sorrento Hospital on this Forum, I am related to the Adhams family coach man and housekepper.
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
hi superdad...thanks very much for the pic of sorento...i have a family member who will be very happy to see this......

astoness
 
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kenaldis

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Thank you everybody for your prompt & helpful replies

Regards

Ken
 
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Lord Richard

Guest
I was born in the Sorrento Hospital in January 1945. According to the family story, my father drove my mother there in their red MG sports car - I forget the model, but they were quite popular and sought after! The dilemma was that he had the task of driving me there fast to make sure I was not born on the floor of the MG. On the other hand, the faster he drove the more the more bumpy the ride and the greater the threat of my arriving before we all reached the hospital.

There was to be another 'dilemma' shortly after I was born. It seems that as I (allegedly) was brought to my mother for an early feed, my mother sensed that she had been given another baby! 'My' 'swaddling clothes' were eventually unwrapped to 'prove' that 'I' was not 'me'! The baby about to suckle had normal toes. I had two webbed toes on both feet. The real 'I' was recovered about to suckle from an Eastern European lady. You can draw your own conclusions about what might have happened had I not been born with webbed toes!

I was interested in the postings about the hospital being known as the 'Stork Hospital'. Certainly, that was the family 'story' on how babies were brought into the world - said with knowing near merriment. Also, the posting about 'sugar bag' babies. Again, my mother frequently referred to very small premature babies in terms of sugar bags.

Lord Richard
 
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billwalkey99

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The same thing happened to me!!! After a bombing raid, my mother was given "me" to feed, and she insisted the baby was not hers. Finally, my mother was satisfied with the baby she was given. I too have wondered, did my mother really know who I was! Seems the nurses did this on a regular way
 
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BernardR

Guest
Lord Richard you were lucky as my sister was born there in April 1945 - it could have been a lot worse.
 

Sparkhill Boy

master brummie
Hello Bro & Sisa Sorentinos. I too was born in this magical sounnding place in March 1945 before being taken home to Sparkhill. Any ideas when it started?
 

maybell

master brummie
Here's a receipt for Confinement(birth) at Sorrento year1942 before the good old NHS my Brother.
Me born Dudley Road only £3:5s:0d for me, done on the cheap.
 
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Netty1

Guest
In June 1960 I was born at Copthorne Hospital, Shrewsbury, 2 months premature.
I was baptised in the Hospital Chapel, then whisked away to the Sorrento Hospital where I spent 2 maybe 3 months. In those days my parents didn't have a car and could not afford to visit and had to depend on the local nursing Sister to phone and check on my progress.
I have always wondered who looked after me for the first few months of my life and it must have been really hard for my Mum, having given birth and not being to have that initial bond with her new born baby.
Are there any records available from the Sorrento? It would be interesting to find out more.
Netty1
 

Sparkhill Boy

master brummie
For the best information on Sorrento click on Main Sites at the head of this page, click on Birmingham B14, scroll down to War Years, scroll down to Moseley and Sorrento hospitals. Text and pictures are brilliant.
 
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