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…

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…

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,…

Ending ‘ceaseless drudgery’: Nursing Notes, January 1931

This post comes from the January 1931 issue of Nursing Notes & Midwives’ Chronicle, Vol XLIII, No 57. The new year of 1931 brought little hope to many of the women living in Britain: the ripples of the Wall Street Crash in the USA in 1929 extended to Europe, where undeveloped and archaic industries were…

The Chelsea Walk: Nursing Notes, 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…

The Test of Citizenship: Nursing Notes, 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…

Don’t forget to visit the Library: Nursing Notes, August 1979

This month’s post comes from the August 1979 issue of ‘Midwives Chronicle & Nursing Notes’. On opening up this issue of the Midwives Chronicle, I was immediately struck with childhood memories, in particular by an advert for Gold Cap SMA, the milk formula for babies – my dad had lots of these empty tins in…

Single motherhood and the midwife: Nursing Notes, July 1973

This month’s post comes from the July 1973 issue of ‘Midwives Chronicle & Nursing Notes’. It is fair to say that midwives in 1973 were facing many changes, an issue which may or may not still be current today. These changes were outlined in the Presidential speech made by RCM President, Doris Hawkins at the…

A haunted house on the Strand: Nursing Notes, June 1894

This month’s post comes from the June 1894 edition of ‘Nursing Notes: ‘A Practical Journal for Nurses’. In 1894, ‘Nursing Notes’ was described as being the ‘journal of the Workhouse Infirmary Nursing Association and the Midwives’ Institute and Trained Nurses’ Club’ and was produced from an office at 12 Buckingham Street on the Strand in…