The baby situation in Britain is bad. Statisticians say the birth rate must stop diving or by 1980 the United Kingdom will be a land of old-age pensioners. Not much can be done about more marriages and more offspring until the war is over and men come back from the forces and women from the services and factories. But for those families bravely having babies, Britons are grumble-mumbling that something could and should be done to reduce these difficulties.

> In 1942, 15,000 midwives delivered two-thirds of Britain's 775,000 babies. Though there are...

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