Story: Pregnancy, birth and baby care

Delivery suite, Paraparaumu Maternity Home, 1971

Delivery suite, Paraparaumu Maternity Home, 1971

By the 1930s most women gave birth in maternity hospitals. Women laboured in beds in delivery suites surrounded by medical apparatus. This is a typical delivery suite, at Paraparaumu Maternity Home on the Kāpiti Coast. The nurse in charge, Miss T. Dillstone, is displaying the oxygen cylinder which was used to assist babies who were having trouble breathing after birth.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1971/4025/13

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How to cite this page:

Kerryn Pollock, 'Pregnancy, birth and baby care - Childbirth, 19th century to 1950s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 October 2021)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 24 Oct 2018