Matron Carew in the Maternal and Child Welfare Clinic at Cherbourg 1959

Beryl Watson, Bella Barrett, Wilma Alberts, Dolly Issacs, Ada Simpson, Sally Cobbo, Ruth Moffatt. (back row, against wall, left to right)
Matron Carew, unknown, unknown, Harold John Bond Snr., Carol Bond, Marcia Bond. (front row, left to right)

All mothers were required to take their babies and young children to the clinic for their weekly check-up. The children were weighed and examined and their progress recorded. The mother was issued with a tin of Sunshine Powdered Milk, feeding bottle and teats, Pentavite and Hypol for the baby, Lactogen and Acta-Vite for herself. The weekly visits continued until the child reached school age.


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