05 Sep Jean’s Story
In 1969 I found myself pregnant. I was 19 years old and not married, but I got married in 1969.
I had morning sickness very bad the doctor gave me anti sickness tablets all was fine. When I had my last appointment they said if I had not had my baby to come back there.
On the 13th April 1970 I went into labour with Victoria. The birth was normal, so I thought. I gave birth but could not here my baby cry so I asked why.
The nurse said everything is ok, but it wasn’t. The nurse sat beside me and said I would cry with you, but you are young enough to have another baby and that was that.
I never saw my baby. I was heartbroken.
When I was put on the ward, I started to cry because someone had had twins they did not know, and the nurse came over with one of the babies and put it by my face.
I was crying and the cleaner said I was sneezing. I went home the next day to be told I could not go out for two weeks.
When I went out someone had to be with me as they said I could steal a baby.
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