It's tragic, just how cruelly unmarried and pregnant women were treated; my parents told me in no uncertain terms that I'd be kicked out if it happened to me.
Before Mother and Baby homes things were even more brutal. I worked in a Nursing Home where one resident was allegedly deaf and mute, she spent all her day sitting on a dining room chair in a corner of the hallway, refusing to integrate in any way.
Her story was that she'd had an illegitimate baby and was sent to the workhouse at the age of 16.
I remember watching episodes of Find my Family in tears because of the way the mums were treated. A school friend of mine in the 60's had an illegitimate baby, was sent to a Mother and Baby home and the baby taken from her. She never really got over it and killed herself 15 years later. Her family apparently constantly told her she was a sinner and would go to hell....and refused her a burial or church service. I only knew of her death ages later, so perhaps things haven't changed that much after all for some people.
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