Esther Silverton: The Midwife’s Tale Oral History Collection

A retired midwife delivers an exuberant and detailed account of her first solo delivery. Esther Silverton was born in Portsmouth in 1916, and trained as a nurse, then midwife, during the Second World War having been largely deprived of educational opportunities earlier in life. Apart from an initial spell in a small maternity hospital, she…

Eve Osborn: The Midwife’s Tale Oral History Collection

The second extract from The Midwife’s Tale Oral History Collection is taken from an interview with midwife Eve Osborn, recorded in 1986. In this extract Eve describes her experiences working as a midwife on the district in Bexleyheath, in the London Borough of Bexley, during the Second World War . Interview reference: RCMS/251/8 Transcript: Interviewer:…

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 & Midwives’ Chronicle, July 1908

This month’s post is taken from the July 1908 issue of Nursing Notes & Midwives’ Chronicle, and has a very strong Suffragette theme. ‘About twenty members started with the Treasurer from the Club to join the Suffrage Procession on the Embankment. We had a most delightful time and think it was a great pity that…

Midwives Chronicle & Nursing Notes, June 1986

This month’s post is taken from the 1986 volume of Midwives Chronicle & Nursing Notes and is all about disposables! Starting off the discussion is a study by two student midwives comparing the benefits and discomforts of terry towelling nappies (Terries) with the comparatively new disposable nappies. The study points out that disposable nappies, introduced in their…

Midwives Chronicle & Nursing Notes: April 1969

This month’s post comes from the April 1969 issue of Midwives Chronicle and is very much about new beginnings. Most striking is the evidence of new maternity units and hospitals being opened throughout the UK at this time. Advertisements for staff and health professionals lie alongside articles on a new unit at Lincoln and 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…