FOETAL WELFARE

A. L. McIlroy
1922 BMJ (Clinical Research Edition)  
_i_Ju_ 14 Otlher speakers were Dr. T. Eustace Hill, county medical officer, and Dr.-Mabel Brodie. The home is situated in the middle of Shotley Bridge village. Only mothers actually nursing babies (not over six months old) are admitted. This is to lhelp those finding difficulty in breast feeding or thlose recovering from illness following confinement. Children suffering from rickets and similar debilitating diseases, who are not lhospital cases, will be admitted, provided they can be certified
more » ... y can be certified free from infection and non-verminous, for a period of not less than a fortniglht.. The maintenance fee has been fixed at 25s. for nursing mothers and 15s. a week for children without their mothers.-The staff consists of matron, staff sister, two nursery trained nurses, and as the liome is intended to be a training centre for' nursery nurses three pupils will be taken. If later on it is tlhouglht practicable tllis number wlll be increased,' and the domestic staff of three correspondingly reduced.' The aim is to give at least six months' training to suitable girls over 'tlhe' age of 17, wlio wish o'becoime children's nurses. Thliey will be taught the general care of children, nursery routine, including all cooking and sewing necessary, the care' of tlhe nui-sing and the expectant mother, the imianagement of breast feeding, etc., -and tlle general principles of kindergarten and elementary child welfare work. It is intended tlhat motlhers in residence will also get a training in mothercraft. The seniior welfare medical officer has beeni appointed visiting medical officer, wlhile tlle medical officer of tlle Riclhard' Murray Hospital is the medical officer to tlle lhome. 'There is ample playing space in the grounds for children and slhady corners in whichl the motlers can rest; the kitchlen garden is a great asset. On thle grouind floor are Ithe day nursery and mothers' rest room. ..Thlree night nurseries, to which the childreti will be apportioned according to age, togetlher with1 the mothers' and the staff bedrooms, are on tlle first floor. A ward kitelen las 'been providedby utilizinapart of tlhe first floor lanidig, -and isolation accommnodation has been arranged in a cdttage adjacent to and communicatingwitlh the rear of the main building. The whole building lhas been furnislhed as inexpensively as was coDsistent witlh the needs and comfort of the patients. Patients are being admitted inainly through the welfare centres, wlhere the medical officers, aided by the health visitors, who lhave an intimate knowledge of their home conditions, cau judge of the suitability of tlle applications. IRISH MEDICAL SERVICES.
doi:10.1136/bmj.2.3212.149-a fatcat:jlkntafnafch5dcnofuc3lfuau