Child birth guru Betty Parsons died peacefully at home on 1 February 2012, aged 96. Mother of Michael and Richard, grandmother of Zoë and Harriet, step-grandmother of Jessica and Zoë and she will be much missed.
She was born Aileen Murray Slater in Rawalpindi on 31 October 1915. Her father, who was away soldiering with the Indian Army when she was born, was sent a cable announcing: “Beti [the Hindi for 'little girl’] has arrived” — and from early childhood she became known as “Betty”.
Betty taught relaxation theory, initially to businessmen with high blood pressure. Subsequently she joined the National Childbirth Trust and started holding childbirth classes and teaching in people’s homes.
Her common-sense approach to pregnancy and labour took the fear out of childbirth for more than 20,000 women, including royalty. The mixture of techniques, practical advice and humour proved soothing in almost any situation. Her motto was ‘relax for pregnancy and for life’.
Betty supported Action Medical Research for many years, and was full of enthusiasm and energy in all that she did. She chaired the London committee, served as a voluntary Trustee on our Charity Panel and was an inspiration to everyone she worked with.
A memorial service was held on 24 April at Marylebone Parish Church, London.
The photograph by Charley Grimston was taken at Betty's 90th birthday party.
|£25.00||Kenneth Armstrong||31/10/2012||In memory of a lovely neighbour whose warmth, determination and intellect were a true inspiration.|
|£25.00||Kate Nicoslon||29/05/2012||I will always remember to 'drop my shoulders' in moments of crisis. There was no-one like Betty Parsons & I am grateful to have had her in our life.|
|£50.00||Mr and Mrs David Kingham||24/04/2012||So sorry not to be able to be at St Marylebone today. Drop shoulders and breathe!|
|£50.00||Morag & Peter James||23/04/2012||We remember Betty with great affection and her invaluable support|
|£100.00||Bob and Wendy Andrews||20/04/2012||It was a true blessing to our family to know Betty, who was an especially dear friend to my mother. Betty was such a vibrant, interesting, caring and fun-loving person. She is greatly missed by us and so many others. We send our sincere sympathy to her family.|
|£50.00||David and Karen White||16/04/2012|
|£100.00||Jill Abbott||27/03/2012||Betty was my mother's dear friend from 1956 until my mother's death last year. She helped my mother immeasurably over the years and will remain in my heart as one of the most wonderful people she knew. Last year I took my son and daughter to London and we had a thoroughly delightful lunch with Betty, one they will always remember. Bless her for having been a treasure to so many people.|
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