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Glossary Term Babies' Home
- Glossary Term and Type of 'care'
- Alternative Names
- (Foundling hospital)
The term 'babies' home' generally refers to institutions for children under the age of three. In the nineteenth century, such institutions were often known as infant asylums. These institutions were usually associated with services for unmarried mothers, and often functioned (officially or not) as adoption agencies. Staff in babies' homes were usually trained nurses. Some institutions also provided training for mothercraft nurses.
Prepared by: Cate O'Neill
Created: 7 April 2011, Last modified: 10 November 2011