The midwife who delivered the Blooms' children, "Mrs Thornton in Denzille street," is named for an actual Mrs. Thornton who lived on that street and delivered several of Joyce's siblings. Bloom thinks of her as warmly as the Joyces did. She delivers his eight babies in Circe.

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Inscription over the front door of the National Maternity Hospital on Holles Street. Source: www.newstalk.com.

Detail of map of Dublin made for Thom's Almanac, showing the National Maternity Hospital on Holles Street (blue) and Denzille Street (red). Source: digital.ucd.ie.