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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