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Leaflet - Obstetric List, Items for Mother to Bring to Childbirth, 1947 Document Reg. No: HT 27722

Summary:
Printed leaflet listing items to be brought to Maryborough District Hospital by a mother at the time of giving birth. It was used by Lillian Boyd when she gave birth to her son Bill in 1947.

The leaflet lists the items to be brought 'For Mother', 'For Baby' and 'From Chemist'. 'For Mother' lists: 'bundle old linen', 'toilet requisites', slippers, 1 dressing gown, bed jacket, 4 nightgowns (amended to 1), washer, binders and hot water bag or bed socks. '2 packets Modess' [sanitary pads] has been added to the list. 'For Baby' lists: 2 doz. napkins, 1 card safety pins, 3 gowns, 3 singlets, 1 bunny rug, 3 binders and 1 washer (crossed out). 'From Chemist' lists: 1 'combine dressing roll', 1 cake baby soap, 1 Nyal baby oil (amended with 'not Fouldings'), Cascara Evacuant (a laxative), 1 Dettol 8oz, 1 cake toilet soap and 1 tin Nyal baby powder. '1 lb cotton wool' has been added to the list. Each item is to be marked clearly with the user's surname.

Part of the William Boyd Childhood Collection, which includes most of the childhood possessions of William (Bill) Boyd, who was born in 1947 and raised in the Victorian town of Maryborough. Kept by Lillian Boyd (Bill's mother) for decades, and passed onto her son upon her death.
Description:
Leaflet listing items to be brought to hospital by mother at the time of giving birth, printed in blue and brown font on cream paper. Items 'For 'Mother' and 'For Baby' are listed in separate columns; items 'From Chemist' are listed below. Originally folded in half vertically - now torn at the fold. Also deep horizontal crease. Has been amended in ink and pencil. Some discolouration.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr William Boyd, 2010
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 148 mm (Height), 190 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: baby care, childbirth, making history - william boyd childhood
Themes this item is part of: William Boyd Childhood Collection, Childhood & Youth Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Clinical Medicine - Hospitals & Wards
Tertiary Classification: patient care
Inscriptions: On front: 'Obstetric List'.
Inside left: 'Maryborough District Hospital / INCORPORATED / Maryborough, Victoria'.
Inside right: 'It is our sincere desire to make your stay / in hospital as comfortable and pleasant as / possible. You can help us to do this by / making sure that you obtain all these items, / and have them prepared ready to bring / with you at the time of your confinement.' List of items to bring follow. Beneath: 'PLEASE MARK ALL ITEMS CLEARLY WITH FULL SURNAME'.
Place & Date Used: Maryborough District Hospital, Maryborough, Victoria, Australia, 1947

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