13 September 2021
A new collection at FindMyPast, in partnership with Coventry FHS, covers 4,400 births attended by midwife Mary Eaves in a career that spanned 28 years.
Coventry midwife Mary Eaves attended over 4,400 births during her long career. The registers she kept are now searchable online, only at Findmypast.
Midwife Mary Eaves
Mary was born around 1806 in Coventry. Her career as a midwife spanned from 1847 to 1875. In that time, she helped deliver 34 sets of twins, and sadly experienced 21 deaths during the births she attended.
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In the mid 19th century, home births were normal practice and Mary would have been a well known figure in the area that she covered. The length of her service means that she might possibly have delivered babies for more than one generation of a family.