Parentcraft and Relaxation: Nursing Notes, May 1975

This month’s post comes from the May 1975 issue of ‘Midwives Chronicle & Nursing Notes’. ‘The midwife working outside the hospital in the community needs to be highly skilled, highly mobile and highly intelligent. She needs a depth of knowledge and experience, for the normal delivery is only a small part of her work…The midwife…

Homebirth in Middlesex: Nursing Notes, 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…

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…

A time of mourning: Nursing Notes, October 1979

This month’s post comes from the October issue of the 1979 volume of ‘Midwives Chronicle & Nursing Notes.’ The autumn of 1979 found the Royal College of Midwives in shock and mourning, following the deaths of Miss Brenda Mee OBE, General Secretary from 1971, and her personal assistant Hazel Allen during a camping holiday in…

A ‘Phoney War’: Nursing Notes, September 1940

This month’s post comes from the September issue of the 1940 volume of ‘Midwives Chronicle & Nursing Notes’. September 1940, a year after the beginning of the Second World War, saw the end of the ‘Phoney War’ in England and the beginning of the Blitz, which would see much of the country’s pivotal cities strewn…

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…