Nursing & Midwifery

The General Lying-in Hospital, 1767-1971

Display No. 86

The General Lying-In Hospital was one of the first maternity hospitals in the UK. They provided care for married women, and would also treat unmarried women if it was their first pregnancy.

The building is a short walk from St Thomas’ Hospital. Nightingale praised the quality of their care when her probationers received midwifery training there. ‘Lying-in’ was a Victorian term for childbirth and the bed-rest that was prescribed afterwards.

General Lying In Hospital, York Road: nurses weighing a baby. Photograph, 1908. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY 4.0

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