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H09313 — Miss Farrant; Mothercraft weighing baby, 1917

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Image 2: H09313 — Miss Farrant; Mothercraft weighing baby, 1917 — detail

 

Norah Farrant, nurse and midwife, weighing a rather large baby as part of a Mothercraft session in 1917. She was the local branch secretary and on the national committee of the National Union of Trained Nurses, which campaigned for recognition of the profession

 

Norah Farrant became a very influential person in the efforts to get nursing and midwifery recognised as a profession with educational and professional standards. She was born in Devon, trained as a general Nurse in London and then trained as Midwife in Brighton & Hove Hospital followed by District Nurse training in Brighton.

 

In 1913 she was the first Secretary of the Lewes Branch of the National Union of Trained Nurses – the only branch in the county. In 1915 she was the Superintendent of the District Nurses, County Nurses Association. In 1930 she was appointed to the General Council of the British College of Nurses, the precursor to the Royal College of Nursing. This body campaigned for the voice of trained nurses to be heard by legislators in relation to the training and employment of nurses and midwives.