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The Light in the Window
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In Ireland, 1951, the young June Goulding took up a position as midwife in a home for unmarried mothers run by the Sacred Heart nuns. What she witnessed there was to haunt her for the next fifty years. It was a place of secrets, lies and cruelty. A place where women picked grass by hand and tarred roads whilst heavily pregnant. Where they were denied any contact with the outside world; denied basic medical treatment and abused for their 'sins'; where, after the birth, they were forced into hard labour in the convent for three years. But worst of all was that the young women were expected to raise their babies during these three years so that they could then be sold—given up for adoption in exchange for a donation to the nuns. Shocked by the nuns' inhumane treatment of the frightened young women, June risked her job to bring some light into their dark lives. June's memoir tells the story of twelve women's experiences in this home and of the hardships they endured, but also the kindness she offered them, and the hope she was able to bring.
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'Please write about us...and let the world know' In 1951 June Goulding became a midwife in a home for unmarried mothers run by the Sacred Heart nuns. Shunned by society and their families, the frightened young women were made to pay for what the nuns called their 'terrible sin'. June tried to give them some dignity and became their only friend, attending every labour. The girls would leave a light in the gable window to let her know she was needed in the delivery ward. What she witnessed was to haunt her for fifty years, but she has now decided to tell their story.
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