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St Helens hospitals

St Helens hospitals

In 1904 the government set up the St Helens hospitals, which, for the first time in New Zealand's history, provided subsidised maternity care for low-income women. They were staffed by trained midwives. The superintendent of the Dunedin St Helens hospital (and first woman medical graduate in New Zealand) Dr Emily Siedeberg (centre, wearing black) is shown here with midwifery staff and new babies in 1907.

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Otago Daily Times
Reference: 19 June 1907, p. 43

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Linda Bryder, 'Hospitals - Maternity, women’s and children’s hospitals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 June 2024)

Story by Linda Bryder, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 13 Jun 2018, updated 1 Jul 2022