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 But from the beginning, Garth Stoneham was a fighter. He fought to get Risedale recognized as a training school for mid-wives and to make Risedale respectable, and above all to dispel its "rough and ready" image. He transformed Risedale Maternity Home* into a proper Maternity Hospital that could cope with every obstetric problem, with the result that by the early 60s, Manchester Regional Health Authority records show that Barrow's statistical figures for maternity and child health were the highest in the area.