c. 1960s England
Life After Baby
I believe it was still happening. However, I lived in a catholic mother and baby home in 1981 as I was homeless and pregnant having been thrown out by my adoptive parents. The staff were very nice and never passed judgement and really helped me and my baby, who I kept by the way. But this is probably quite unusual.
I was also born in a mother and baby home in the 60s which was more like a penitentiary. Hard labour, no proper antenatal care, no pain relief in labour and religious indoctrination according to my birth mother and others who have shared their memories with me. Letters sent to the 'inmates' as they were called were intercepted by the matron and that horrible hard, shiny Izal toilet paper was used - very uncomfortable after having a baby!
Hi, don't know if this is helpful, but I've found four mother and baby homes in Sheffield. I'm not sure whether they were still there in 1983 though.
1. Sheffield Corporation mother and baby home, Hucklow road, Sheffield.
2. St. Agathas Hostel, 22 bromsgrove road, Sheffield.
3. St. Veronica's home for catholic babies, 266 Barnsley road, Sheffield.
4. St. Veronica's home for catholic babies, Lydgate Lane, Crookes, Sheffield.
Thank you, it’s really hard to find information in general never mind the 80’s....probably because it was shockingly still happening.
Reading these articles is exactly how my mum described it. Im keen to learn more as I was one of the lucky ones in the fact my mum managed to get me back after I was adopted.