Nursing Notes, January 1891

This month’s post comes from the 1891 issue of the Nursing Notes. As we have seen before with these early volumes of the Nursing Notes, there is a very austere and serious feel to the journal. It is easy to see how it was such a ground-breaking educational tool for midwives and nurses, as in…

Nursing Notes, December 1914

This month’s post comes from the December 1914 issue of ‘Nursing Notes’ and has been put together by Autumn, a volunteer to the RCM Archive. By the time of the First World War’s famous Christmas truce along the Western Front 100 years ago this month, Europe was fully aware that it was “face to face…

Midwives Chronicle, November 1977

This month’s post comes from the November 1977 issue of Midwives Chronicle. The front cover of the journal, showing a father present at the birth of his child, introduces one of the main themes covered in this issue, namely a debate on whether a father’s presence is conducive to the birth or an impediment. Father…

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…

Protecting children: Nursing Notes, September 1974

This post is taken from the September volume of Midwives Chronicle, 1974. 40 years ago, the UK was a turbulent place to be politically. Two General Elections were called for 1974 as a result of the industrial unrest which spawned the Three Day Week, cementing the rocky foundations of a Labour Government which would end…

The Calm Before the Storm: Nursing Notes, August 1914

This month’s blog post is taken from the August 1914 volume of the Nursing Notes journal. At the start of August 1914, European nations were busy declaring war on one another and so orchestrating the outbreak of what would turn out to be the First World War. Meanwhile, as unaware as everybody else of just…

Delightful distractions: Nursing Notes, July 1949

Fast forward from the wartime 1940s to the period of optimism of the early 1950s – things were happening in 1949, not wholly surprising considering the monumental implementation of the NHS the year before. The main article of this issue in July 1949 covers the report issued by the Joint Committee of the Royal College…

Learning to lighten up: Nursing Notes, June 1929

A current theme in today’s employment relations is the mandatory establishment of pensions by businesses, and in 1929 this is exactly the issue which was taxing the midwifery profession. The Midwives’ Institute, together with the editorial team of Nursing Notes, had joined forces to implement a pension scheme to fill the gap left by the…

Little Meals: Nursing Notes, May 1888

For this month’s post we go right back to the early days of the journal, to May of 1888, just 6 years following the establishment of the Midwives Institute. The most striking message given in this volume of the journal, is the mission of the Midwives’ Institute, and indeed of Nursing Notes – to reach…

‘Immunize and Protect your Child’: Nursing Notes, April 1977

There are two particular themes which run through this month’s issue of Midwives Chronicle: both these themes have particular resonance today and the reader could be mistaken in thinking that the world hadn’t changed much in 30 years! In April 1977 the Council of the Royal College of Midwives was discussing the particular themes of…

Dangerous Drugs: Nursing Notes, March 1926

This month’s post comes from the 1926 volume of Nursing Notes: a drug-fuelled heritage post is on the cards this month, as we look back to 1926 and follow issues concerning the midwifery profession! The leading article concerns the use of opium by midwives – I hasten to add that this does not refer to the…

Home hints and Post-war Cookery: Nursing Notes, February 1946

This month’s blog is taken from the 1946 volume of Midwives Chronicle and Nursing Notes. Two items really stick out as being worthy of mention in this volume, the first of which brings us right back into the 21st century. The parallels of the current campaign for more midwives and the gentle, but rather scathing,…