Zepherina Veitch and Rosalind Paget honoured with plaque
Zepherina Veitch and Rosalind Paget worked in Lying-In Hospital, now Hospital Club
03 August, 2018 — By Tom Foot
Seven Dials Trust chairman David Bieda ‘delighted’
A PLAQUE for two pioneering midwives, Zepherina Veitch and Dame Rosalind Paget, has been unveiled outside their former training hospital.
The midwives trained at the British Lying-In Hospital in the 19th century. The building is now home to The Hospital Club, a private members’ club.
Kathryn Gutteridge, president of the Royal College of Midwives, unveiled the plaque last Thursday.
She said: “This is a wonderful accolade for two pioneering and trailblazing midwives and in this year of celebrating women’s suffrage it is right that they receive this recognition.
“Both of these women did so much to advance not just the practice of midwifery but also the profession’s importance and status.
“All midwives are following in their footsteps and all midwives owe these women a huge debt of gratitude for what they achieved.”
Veitch campaigned for better education and training for midwives and advised the government on the issue at the end of the 19th century.
Paget successfully campaigned to make it an offence for midwives to practise without a certificate.
Seven Dials Trust chairman David Bieda said he was “delighted” about the plaque and “grateful” to The Hospital Club for sponsorship.
In 1849, the Lying- In Hospital moved round the corner to larger purpose-built accommodation in Endell Street.