Sometimes however, you come across a sad piece of information that makes you realise that we have it so easy today, especially with pregnancy and childbirth. We can decide and control the amount of babies we have, and when we are blessed with a new arrival, he or she is cared for by our midwives, doctors and nurses, and the chance that that child will live a long life is high.
At present I am continuing my research into my paternal ancestors (trying to pin point the exact time they arrived in the village they to live in today) and I found the 1911 census entry for my great great uncle.
If you take a look at the image you will see the point of my post, it seems that he and his wife had been married for 37 years and in that time had a total of 17 children, 9 of whom were living and 8 who had died.
1911 is not that long ago, most of us will remember a family member who was born at that time, yet it was still possible for a family to lose over half their children.