The Midwife’s Tale Oral History Collection

In honour of the International Day of the Midwife 2016 we are delighted to launch The Midwife’s Tales Oral History Collection. This unique and colourful series of oral history recordings and transcripts were collected and preserved by Billie Hunter and Nicky Leap while researching and writing their book, The Midwife’s Tale: an Oral History from…

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…

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…

Midwives Chronicle and 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,…

Midwives Chronicle and Nursing Notes, November 1979

This month’s post is taken from Volume 92 of Midwives Chronicle and Nursing Notes, 1979. The midwives of November 1979 were officially disappointed. The implementation of the Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act, which had been passed that year, was officially put on hold. The new statute provided a framework for nursing education and reorganised…

Nursing Notes & Midwives’ Chronicle: September 1914 Annexe

There has been a request for the Chelsea Walk, which was mentioned in this month’s post of Nursing Notes, to be reproduced in full. What a great idea to follow the walk nearly 100 years later! The pages below have been digitised and are available for private use; they are the copyright of the Royal…

Nursing Notes & Midwives Chronicle, September 1914

This post is taken from the September 1914 issue of The Nursing Notes and Midwives Chronicles. This issue of Nursing Notes reflects the impact of the outbreak of the First World War the previous month. On turning the front page the reader finds a statement from the producers of infant dried milk, Glaxo, reassuring customers…

Nursing Notes and Midwives’ Chronicle, April 1950

This month’s post comes from the April issue of the 1950 volume of ‘Nursing Notes and Midwives’ Chronicle’. Within the photograph collection held in the RCM Archive, are some wonderful promotional photographs of midwives and their patients taken during the 1950s and 1960s, possibly used to promote antenatal care and homebirths, and this volume of…

Midwives Chronicle & Nursing Notes, February 1963

This month’s post comes from the February issue of the 1963 volume of ‘Midwives Chronicle & Nursing Notes’. For the first time in this series of blog posts, I have chosen a volume of the journal from the 1960s, and there is a marked change of tone and content compared with earlier issues. Choosing random…

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…