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‘Portia’ Baby Balance, 1950s

These scales were used in the early years of the NHS to weigh babies both in hospital and at home . They were usually accompanied by a strong net holder into which the baby was placed and uses a metal spring balance to take accurate weight measurements. It was simple to use and easy to transport and therefore was often used by community and district nurses on their rounds. Today electronic scales are used for weighing newborns and infants.

Source:
Science Museum, Brought to Life: Exploring the HIstory of Medicine. Available at: http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/broughttolife/objects/display?id=6835

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