Story: Primary health care

Early care: 'Granny' Smithson, midwife (2nd of 3)

Early care: 'Granny' Smithson, midwife

In the 19th and early 20th centuries babies were delivered by midwives as well as by doctors. 'Granny' Smithson, seen here in the mid-1930s, was a midwife who worked in Levin from the 1890s to the 1930s.

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Michael Belgrave, 'Primary health care - Early primary health care, mid-19th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 July 2024)

Story by Michael Belgrave, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 4 Apr 2019