Changes to Library Opening Hours

From Monday 18th September, the Reading Room of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists will be changing to 10am to 4pm Monday-Friday, excluding English bank holidays and College closure days. Researchers wishing to access Royal College of Midwives or RCOG archive, museum and library collections outside these hours should email the Library and Heritage…

Edith Mary Pye (1876-1965) Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur

This International Women’s Day we recognise the heroic efforts of Edith Pye, midwife, Quaker, humanitarian and International Relief Organizer. Edith Mary Pye was one of the earliest certified midwives, having qualified in 1906 at Clapham School of Midwifery, and she served as President of the Royal College of Midwives between 1928 and 1949. But it…

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…

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…

Delightful distractions: Nursing Notes, July 1949

Fast forward from the wartime 1940s to the period of optimism of the early 1950s – things were happening in 1949, not wholly surprising considering the monumental implementation of the NHS the year before. The main article of this issue in July 1949 covers the report issued by the Joint Committee of the Royal College…