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well pat thats the first time i have heard of donating milk for the prem babies...what a splendid idea and made a change from the milkman delivering your milk to your step
Thanks for replying Lyn. The baby was full term, I don't know if a still born certificate was given, I'll be seeing my friend soon and if she seems to want to talk I'll see what I can find out. I could try to find out where the records are, I never thought of that. I think she'd love to know what became of the baby but has never found it easy to talk about.hello scarlet such a sensitive subject especially as this happened to your friend in modern times...but without wishing to upset do you know if the baby was full term ?..did your friend receive a still born certificate? if so i would have thought a funeral was an option which obviously was not the case...if not full term i have no idea what would have happened and would not like to make a guess...i am just wondering if the records for sorrento still exist..sorry i cant be of more help but maybe other members would know more
Yes, the conditions in 1969-70 were dire. Always dodgy getting over to the Nurses Home as you were acosted by men looking for "good time ladies" (it was on Balsall Heath Road) Mums did give breast milk to the Milk Bank. I believe it was the first in the country and developed by "Miss Whittington" the Matron. The cots were "Sorrento" cots, which were then accepted by many Maternity Hospitals as the "norm" We also had a separate block for TB patients. The first baby to survive, born at 29 weeks, was transferred from Stoke and was discharged on the 3rd November 1969 when she should have been full term.I've merged several threads to form this one thread on the Sorrento. Reading through this thread it obviously means a lot to many, many people. So here are a couple of photos I've found.
I've also added a missing image to post #38. Viv.
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Has it now been swallowed up by Birmingham Maternity Hospital? I had a quick look on the net, there doesnt seem much about it, although I didnt do any thorough searching. I can remember Carl Chinn having someone on his show, so maybe if you dropped him a line? you could email him perhaps?
Apparantly Carl Chinns latest magazine has a picture or pictures of the Sorrento? He talked about it today, I missed the relevent part of the show. I did hear him mention Miss Hallam the women who was responsible for delivering many babies during the fifties I think. I would definately contact Carl, he was born at the Sorrento, so he would be able to give you some info.