Nursing Notes and Midwives’ Chronicle, December 1923

This month’s post comes from the 1923 volume of Nursing Notes, and has a distinct Christmassy feel! Who couldn’t resist the advertisement from Messrs Cadbury Bros, announcing the preparation of ‘an attractive assortment of chocolates, suitable for the Christmas season…produced at Bourneville, under conditions which not only ensure clean and hygienic methods of manufacture, but…

Midwives Chronicle & 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…

Nursing Notes and Midwives’ Chronicle, 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…

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…

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…