Changes were made to hospital environments and policies in response to criticisms from mothers and other commentators. Delivery suites were redecorated to make them more home-like and lounges were provided for women. This group of women are relaxing with their knitting in a lounge at Wellington's St Helens Hospital in 1970. The absence of obvious pregnant bellies suggests this was some time after their children's birth. A nurse is bringing in a tray of refreshments.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
Archives New Zealand – Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: AAQT 6401/A94,415
Photograph by W. Neill
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