- Sep 4, 2018
Starry - Ref:
'June Goulding was a midwife in Bessborough in 1951. Her harrowing account of her time there outlines how women were not allowed pain relief during labour or stitches after birth, and when some of them developed abscesses from breast-feeding, they were denied penicillin.
One nun who ran the labour ward in 1951 also forbid any “moaning or screaming” during childbirth. Girls in poverty, who could not afford to make donations to the Sacred Heart order, had to spend another three years after their babies were born cleaning and working on the lands around the Cork city home to ‘make amends’ for their pregnancy.
Such work often included cutting the home’s “immaculate lawns” on their hands and knees — with a pair of scissors.'
Starry I hate to be the one to break this to you but I am reading her book [The Light in the Window] at the moment.
It is in fact a Novel she wrote which she claims is based around her time in the Bessborough Home.
And therefore of limited historical value.
It is not a straightforward memoir as some seem to think.
Though Poolbeg Press claim it is a 'Memoir' - anyone who reads it will discover otherwise.
This highly readable memoir tells their story, a story of the power of kindness and hope, and of the difference one young woman can make to a great many lives.
“Pat looked up at the familiar beacon – the light at the gable end of the hospital. ‘Don’t open your eyes, sweetheart,’ he said. ‘Keep them closed…there’s a light on, telling you that your skills are needed…’” In 1951 the young June Goulding, new
Perhaps you should try reading it yourself
- before spouting on any more about it?