Nursing Notes and Midwives’ Chronicle: 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…

Midwives Chronicle and Nursing Notes, November 1979

This month’s post is taken from Volume 92 of Midwives Chronicle and Nursing Notes, 1979. The midwives of November 1979 were officially disappointed. The implementation of the Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act, which had been passed that year, was officially put on hold. The new statute provided a framework for nursing education and reorganised…

Midwives Chronicle & 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…

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…

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…

August 1972

This month’s post comes from the August issue of the 1972 volume of ‘Midwives Chronicle & Nursing Notes’.  1972 was an important year for the Royal College of Midwives, as can be seen from the retiring Presidential Address made by Rosemary Perkes at the 90th Annual General Meeting in Edinburgh. Not only did the RCM…