Domiciliary Confinements, Lanarkshire

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st July 1959.

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Photo of Mrs Jean Mann Mrs Jean Mann , Coatbridge and Airdrie 12:00 am, 21st July 1959

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many domiciliary confinements were carried out in Lanarkshire in 1958 by mid wives alone; and in how many of these the mother had trilene, gas and air or other analgesic.

Photo of Mr Jack Browne Mr Jack Browne , Glasgow Craigton

Mid-wives alone were present at 2,284 domiciliary births. Thirty-two of the mothers had trilene analgesia, 1,648 had gas and air and 1,541—including some who also had gas and air—pethidine.

Photo of Mrs Jean Mann Mrs Jean Mann , Coatbridge and Airdrie

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the figures for 1950, which in that year we considered deplorable, showed a total of 2,161 mothers having analgesia at the birth of their children? If we are to avoid overcrowding of hospital beds for confinements, should not the hon. Gentleman be trying to persuade his right hon. Friend to advocate more births at home, particularly where the homes are good, comfortable and safe, and so reserve the beds for the more urgent cases?

Photo of Mr Jack Browne Mr Jack Browne , Glasgow Craigton

Yes, Sir, I think I can say that I agree entirely with the hon. Lady's point of view.