I have an ancestor who resided for years in Ampthill Workhouse (Bedfordshire). During her time there, she gave birth to two or three children between 1879 and 1883. No father is named and the children take her name. Prior to the 1881 census, she lived with her family but spent the rest of her life in the Union Workhouse.
I'm ignorant of social history at this time and workhouses - so my query comes from this lack of understanding.
Would getting pregnant out of wedlock be a cause for a family to send a woman into a union workhouse? Would an unmarried woman such as her commonly become pregnant in a workhouse. Would the father have typically been an inmate or someone in a position of authority? Does anyone have any information about Ampthill Workhouse or know if I can get any records specifically on residents from there?