digital file Black & White Sound 1962 14:23
Summary: A government produced film about support given by child welfare centres that also advertises benefits such as widows' pensions, family allowance and maternity benefits. 3 segments.
Title number: 18257
LSA ID: LSA/21414
Description: Segment 1 Two mothers and their children are playing in a park. Mrs Atkins is pregnant with her second child and has a 2-year-old Mrs Grant is a widow with three children. They are joined by Mrs Carr, a new mother. They all know each other from spending time at their local child welfare centre, which is shown next. Expectant mothers visit the centre to join exercise, breathing and baby classes. The centre's health visitors also call on expectant mothers at home. Mrs Atkins wants a home birth, which is arranged by the health centre and the midwife, who coordinates with the family doctor. They are seen speaking on the telephone. The new baby is born and the centre's facilities for babies are seen orange juice, cod liver oil and cheap second-hand baby clothing. The new mothers attend the centre to see if their babies are making normal progress. The narrator emphasises that there is an atmosphere of friendliness. A creche for older children is seen. Time start: 00:00:00:00 Time end: 00:04:35:00 Length: 00:04:35:00 Segment 2 A baby is seen being weighed. State allowances are discussed next the mothers go to the post office to draw their family allowance, maternity grant and widow's benefits. The narrator says that these allowances are intended to ensure that no child should be deprived of the essentials of a healthy life despite the circumstances of their parents. Primary school is addressed next, where children receive a free bottle of milk and cheap school lunches. The children also have regular medical examinations. Various hearing tests, eye tests and teeth checks are seen. Time start: 00:04:35:00 Time end: 00:09:49:14 Length: 00:05:14:14 Segment 3 The narrator talks about the widowed Mrs Grant. She can receive a grant for school uniforms and can work part-time, earning up to -
Further information: This video was made from material preserved by the BFI National Archive
Keywords: Child; Child Welfare; Maternal Welfare; Public Health; Nurseries; Prenatal Care; Perinatal Care; Infant, Newborn; Schools
Locations: United Kingdom