Midwives Day- “Wash and be clean”


The Belfast Charitable Society was one of the first charities established in Belfast, opening the doors of the Poor House in 1774. Over time, other important voluntary organisations emerged for the relief of distress in Belfast. One such organisation was the Humane Society for the Relief of Lying-In Women, founded in 1793 by the women of Belfast. The Humane Society, in association with the Belfast Charitable Society, set up the Lying-In Hospital for pregnant woman. Together the Societies worked in conjunction to source doctors, medicines and premises. The Belfast Charitable Society’s vast archive includes material relating to the foundation of the [...]