After basic nursing training, she entered the standard two-part training for midwifery at Princess Royal Maternity Home. "For the first part of the course we had to deliver 10 babies in six months, and we tried to get to delivery before the medical students, who had the same target," she said.
Dutch Jews are being rounded up by the occupying forces and time is running short for Cyrla, so when a twist of fate offers her the chance of safety by taking Annika's place at the maternity home, she is faced with a decision that is literally a matter of life and death.
Thomas threatens Miss Babineau and Dora's practice when he opens a Maternity Home, described by him as "a place where women can come and have their babies in a clean, sterile environment, with the finest obstetrical care." Defensive towards the doctor's attempts at dismantling the traditions of childbirth, Miss Babineau calls the Maternity Home "one of those butcher shops they calls a hospital." The women of Scots Bay become more convinced by the doctor's persuasions, forcing Dora to advocate for the birthing traditions that Miss Babineau has passed down to her.
1.5 million at Daharki, where Engro has previously constructed a Maternity Home. Hence all the basic health facilities have come within the four walls of rural health centre for the convenience of patients and their attendants.
Kunzel acknowledges that maternity home applicants may have been telling the stories they thought their interviewers wanted to hear; but she argues convincingly that their use of formulaic tales of seduction and abandonment also contained its own class-specific meanings.