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    A birth registration puzzle

    In 1934 a woman gave birth to an illegitimate child in Lambeth Hospital. 42 days later (the last legal opportunity) the birth was registered by the "Occupier Lambeth Hospital". Why was this? Was either the mother or baby have been ill for 6 weeks? Or would the hospital allow a mother and child to stay for this long if they had no place to go to?

    Do you know if the mother kept the child? Or was the child adopted?

    It might have been that she left the baby at the hospital, wither because it was sickly or needed treatment, or because she just abandoned it.

    Just one suggestion
    Last edited by Sylvia C; 06-10-19, 20:34.
    My grandmother, on the beach, South Bay, Scarborough, undated photo (poss. 1929 or 1930)

    Researching Cadd, Schofield, Cottrell in Lancashire, Buckinghamshire; Taylor, Park in Westmorland; Hayhurst in Yorkshire, Westmorland, Lancashire; Hughes, Roberts in Wales.


      Possibly the mother left the baby in the hospital, if it was to be adopted. Or possibly it was adopted because she abandoned it? All sorts of scenarios spring to mind. It does not mean she was still in hospital when the birth was registered, it just means she did not register the birth herself for whatever reason and therefore an official "witness" to the birth was called on to do it. I have heard of this before where adoption was involved.



        Thanks but no. She kept the child and later married and her husband brought the child up as his own. Close relatives still living.