The Very First Issue of Nursing Notes: a Practical Journal for Nurses, 1888

We’re celebrating International Day of the Midwife 2017 by making available, for free download, the first issue of the very first volume of Nursing Notes, which became the official journal of the Midwives Institute (later the Royal College of Midwives). A searchable, scanned copy of this historic issue is free to download as a PDF:…

Nursing Notes & Midwives’ Chronicle, December 1947: Home for Christmas

This month’s feature is brought to you by the December 1947 issue of Midwives’ Chronicle and Nursing Notes and by the themes of home and Christmas. It covers the growing popularity of hospital births during the mid-twentieth century, the role of domiciliary midwives in home births, and recipes for making a memorable Christmas dinner. The…

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, 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…