The Edwards Family Story

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It is possible that my hospital file would have been marked BFA baby for adoption or A for adoption, this was a code generated to alert the labor ward staff not to allow a single and vulnerable mother to see or hold her baby. However because of restrictions upon FOI applications I am unable to access my medical file. Both the late William Edwards and I have been informed in writing that the Matron took the records with her when she sold Vaucluse Hospital. As a single parent and the legal carer of our baby I was entitled to receive a Commonwealth sickness benefit that paid one shilling less than the widow’s pension, never the less I did not apply for welfare because I worked full time as a nursing aide until the day before I gave birth. I returned to work full time three weeks after being discharged from hospital. Bill worked at all times and was prepared to pay maintenance for the baby and myself.
We married when our baby was 7 months old at Our Lady’s Catholic Church Ringwood, the Commonwealth Marriage Act stated that our marriage legitimated our daughter. Bill was not consulted as to the welfare of our child and although we were engaged to be married 4 months before conception took place William was not even documented on our daughter’s birth certificate.
Like so many other Mothers I did not see my baby.
I did not hold her kiss her or even smell her.
I need to forgive these people, I need to be heard.
As a single mother I had the same right to my baby as any other Mother who presented in labor. This was not the case.

 

It is possible that my hospital file would have been marked BFA baby for adoption or A for adoption, this was a code generated to alert the labor ward staff not to allow a single and vulnerable mother to see or hold her baby.