Skip to main content

Res.5.21 Female resident, age unknown, married, corporation tenant, female interviewer, 15 December 1961

Identifier: EUA IN1/ACU/S3/4/2/5/21

Scope and Contents

Planned interview to discuss child birth and child rearing without children present. INTVEE's husband is helpful around the house and while she does the dressing, feeding and changing he can and will do all these things. The only thing he won’t do is the washing although he'll hang it up and take it in. She shops and cleans in the morning and leaves lunch for her husband, who works nights, before going to work in town. He will also do the shopping but will not carry the shopping basket and bring everything home in a box. The coal lorry comes round during the interview and INTVEE says she'll only get one bag instead of two if the coal looks inferior. She had both her children in Simpson's. She suffered from nausea and ankle oedema during her first pregnancy but felt on top of the world during her second. Her first labour was a dry labour and lasted 30 hours, she was given something and was out at the time of the birth and was unwell for days after. He was born on the Tuesday and she didn’t see hm until the Friday and then only after request. she was very anxious during this time and thought there must be something seriously wrong. When she had her second child, babies were kept by the bedside but she got very little rest as there was always someone’s baby crying. A nurse stayed with her all through the labour the second time which was only two hours. She would take professional advice over that from women of her mother’s generation. One of her children had lumps on his chest and a friend of her mother’s advised her to rub olive oil on and then squeeze them, a nurse acquaintance told her it was nonsense.


  • Other: 15 December 1961

Conditions Governing Access

Public access to these records is governed by UK data protection legislation. Whilst some records may be accessed freely by researchers, the aforementioned legislation means that records conveying personal information on named individuals may be closed to the public for a set time. Where records relate to named deceased adults, they will be open 75 years after the latest date referenced in the record, on the next 1 January. Records relating to individuals below 18 years of age or adults not proven to be deceased will be open 100 years after the latest date recorded in the record, on the next 1 January.


3 Sheets

Related Materials

Res 3.11, Res 4.8, Res 4.4, Res 5.14, Res 5.4, Res 6.44, Res 6.30, Res 6.22, Res 6.12, Res 7.14, Res 7.17, Res 7.25


Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

Centre for Research Collections
University of Edinburgh Main Library
George Square
Edinburgh EH8 9LJ Scotland
+44(0)131 650 8379