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CHAPTER VIII.

MATERNITY BOARDING HOUSES

In 1887 an Act was passed entitled "An Act for the Protection of Infant Children," which made it unlawful for any person to receive more than one infant under the age of one year for the purpose of nursing or maintaining such infant apart from their parents, except in a house registered with the consent of the municipal council as a proper place for that purpose. The Act provided for the keeping of proper records of infants admitted and further required that where the death of an infant took place in a registered house an inquest should be held unless the coroner was satisfied, upon the certificate of a duly qualified, medical practitioner, that death was due to natural causes. The object of this statute was to regulate what was known as "baby farming," that is to say the maintaining of places where new-born infants could be disposed of by unmarried mothers,

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