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Pioneering Midwives Remembered

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 00:00
Left: Dame Rosalind Paget (1855-1948). Right: Zepherina Veitch (1836-1894) Left: Dame Rosalind Paget (1855-1948). Right: Zepherina Veitch (1836-1894)

The Trust's latest People's Plaque was unveiled on 26th July. Aptly, in this year of celebrating women's suffrage, it commemorates two pioneering women - Zepherina Veitch and Dame Rosalind Paget DBE, ARRC. The plaque is sited at what is now The Hospital Club, in Endell Street, which was the British Lying-In Hospital (London's first dedicated maternity hospital), built in 1849 and operational until 1913. This is where both Veitch and Paget, already nurses, trained as midwives.

Plaque to Pioneering Midwives Dame Rosalind Paget (1855-1948) and Zepherina Veitch (1836-1894) unveiled by the President of the Royal College of Midwives, Kathryn Gutteridge, in the presence of the Worshipful the Mayor of Camden, Councillor Jenny Hedlam-Wells.

The plaque was unveiled by the President of the Royal College of Midwives, Kathryn Gutteridge, in the presence of the Worshipful the Mayor of Camden, Councillor Jenny Hedlam-Wells.

Ms Gutteridge said, "This is a wonderful accolade for two trailblazing midwives. It is right that they receive this recognition. Both of these women did so much to advance not just the practice of midwifery but also the profession's importance and status. All midwives are following in their footsteps and all midwives owe these women a huge debt of gratitude for what they achieved." 

The plaque is kindly sponsored by The Hospital Club, who also hosted a reception after the unveiling.

   Link to the unveiling event video on YouTube

 

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