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Offline zimmer46

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Cause of Death
« on: Monday 15 April 19 10:55 BST (UK) »
The attached is from a Cornish death certificate.   Does "Child led / Not Certified"   mean she died in childbirth and the child did not survive either ?   Sorry for what mean seem a basic question, but just trying to make sure I interpret things correctly.

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Re: Cause of Death
« Reply #1 on: Monday 15 April 19 10:57 BST (UK) »
It's Child bed.  Suspect it was puerperal fever.

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Re: Cause of Death
« Reply #2 on: Monday 15 April 19 11:02 BST (UK) »
'Child bed' from me too.
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Re: Cause of Death
« Reply #3 on: Monday 15 April 19 11:05 BST (UK) »
Thank for the quick replies.  To be honest I did think it read "child bed", but could not make sense of that.   Just reading the link posted by Gadget.   What does the "not certified" mean in this context .

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Re: Cause of Death
« Reply #4 on: Monday 15 April 19 11:16 BST (UK) »
not certified means a doctor did not see her.

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« Reply #5 on: Monday 15 April 19 11:37 BST (UK) »
You don't give a date but until 1874 entering the cause of death was not a legal requirement, but from 1874 a doctor's certificate was necessary before a death certificate could be issued. Between 1858 and 1874 the entry should indicate whether the cause had been 'certified' or 'not certified' by a medical practitioner.

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Re: Cause of Death
« Reply #6 on: Monday 15 April 19 11:39 BST (UK) »
You don't give a date but until 1874 entering the cause of death was not a legal requirement, but from 1874 a doctor's certificate was necessary before a death certificate could be issued. Between 1858 and 1874 the entry should indicate whether the cause had been 'certified' or 'not certified' by a medical practitioner.

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Thanks Stan.  The death was 1863 so that makes sense .


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Re: Cause of Death
« Reply #7 on: Monday 15 April 19 14:09 BST (UK) »
 You can use GRO search facility to put surname and MMN in and find the child if it survived the birth so may confirm what is on the death cert.

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Re: Cause of Death
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday 17 April 19 17:56 BST (UK) »
It could have been puerperal fever, as it was such a common cause of maternal death. But that tends to kill a few days after childbirth, so it could also have been something more acute such as bleeding during labour, or even a prolonged labour which exhausted the mother.
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