The Edwards Family Story

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During the period of my maternity in 1963 I was indoctrinated with the advice that if I loved my baby I would give it to a married couple.

In November 1963 I gave birth to a female child at Vaucluse Hospital, Moreland, Victoria. This was a private hospital however it was subsidized by Hospital and Charities see National Health Act. I was not legally old enough to sign for treatments and my parents did not arrive at the hospital until the next day.

The attending doctor administered a level of nitrous oxide, high enough to render me unconscious, as the final stage of the birth was imminent. I believe this was done to prevent me from having any experience of the actual birth of our baby. To this point there were no complications which would require this process in the interests of my comfort or benefit.

Within an hour of the birth I was transferred from the Maternity Hospital to a General Hospital section in another building. I believe this was done to remove me from my baby and any association with the birth experience.

The head nurse had been giving me Sodium Amatol for approximately a month before I delivered my baby as I was becoming depressed with my circumstances.

After delivering my baby daughter and her being withheld from me I was in shock so I was not surprised when the nursing staff administered medication. I was advised that I needed sleeping tablets and I was also aware of being given Morphine aspirin for ‘afterbirth pain’.

 

During the period of my maternity in 1963 I was indoctrinated with the advice that if I loved my baby I would give it to a married couple.