Nursing Notes & Midwives’ Chronicle, March 1936

This month’s post comes from the 1936 volume of Nursing Notes & Midwives’ Chronicle, at a time when a new parliamentary bill for midwives was finally reaching the last stages before becoming a new Act to supplement those already passed in 1902 and 1926. It is probably fair to say that those representing the midwives…

Midwives Chronicle & Nursing Notes: February 1955

There are two distinct themes in this month’s Nursing Notes: the fate and welfare of the nation’s elderly, and the search for a solution to restrictions placed on midwives to administer pain relief during deliveries. The headline article of the February 1955 issue of Midwives Chronicle & Nursing Notes looked at restrictions placed on midwives…

Nursing Notes and Midwives’ Chronicle, 1927

This month’s post comes from the October 1927 issue of the Nursing Notes and Midwives’ Chronicle. Sadly the 1927 volume of the journal held here in the library of the Royal College of Midwives is a photocopy – possibly an indication of the library’s previous policy of lending out books and journals to members far…

For the Christmas Season: Nursing Notes, December 1923

This month’s post comes from the 1923 volume of Nursing Notes, and has a distinct Christmassy feel! Who couldn’t resist the advertisement from Messrs Cadbury Bros, announcing the preparation of ‘an attractive assortment of chocolates, suitable for the Christmas season…produced at Bourneville, under conditions which not only ensure clean and hygienic methods of manufacture, but…

The First Women’s Day: Nursing Notes, March 1911

As a celebration of International Women’s Day on 8th March, this month’s post comes from the March issue of the 1911 volume of ‘Nursing Notes and Midwives’ Chronicle’, the year in which the first Women’s Day was held. The midwives were not in the mood for celebrating in 1911. The year before had seen the…

‘Guilty of Unchastity’?: Nursing Notes, January 1926

This month’s post comes from the January issue of the 1926 volume of ‘Nursing Notes and Midwives’ Chronicle’. By the beginning of 1926, the Midwives’ Institute found itself firmly established in the business of campaigning for the regulation and monitoring of the midwifery profession, and the New Year was to be no different, with the…

The Rocky Road to Legislation: Nursing Notes, December 1903

This month’s post comes from the December issue of the 1903 volume of ‘Nursing Notes: A Practical Journal for Nurses’. 1903 was a busy year for the midwives: the Midwives Bill had succeeded in traversing the rocky road to legislation in 1902, leaving a wild administrative tangle to be sorted and established before a force…

The “Perfection”: Nursing Notes, November 1923

This month’s post comes from the November issue of the 1923 volume of ‘Midwives Chronicle & Nursing Notes.’ The overwhelming first impression of this volume of the journal is the wealth and charm of the advertisements. In true twenties style, the advantages and benefits of anything from midwives’ uniforms to medical instruments, milk for babies…

Suffrage and the Midwife: Nursing Notes, July 1908

This month’s post comes from the July issue of the 1908 volume of ‘Nursing Notes and Midwives’ Chronicle’. One of the most striking aspects of these early issues of the ‘Nursing Notes’ is the extent to which the Midwives’ Institute were in support of the campaign for female enfranchisement: ‘Nurses and midwives, whose work ought…

Enrolling for the War Effort! Nursing Notes, June 1939

This month’s posting comes from the 1939 volume of ‘Nursing Notes’. This volume was chosen completely by accident: it just happened to be one of the volumes selected by the Librarian to take to the Annual Event held by the Royal College of Midwives in York earlier this month as part of a display of…