Records of the London Midwives Teachers Group

Scope and Content

This collection comprises three minute books of the London Teachers Midwives Group (9 September 1941-10 May 1977), relating recording the number of members present and the discussions that took place on the education of pupil midwives and midwife teachers, including teaching materials and methods, course syllabus and examinations, interspersed with reports on visits to maternity units, as well as lectures by experts in the field that took place before meetings, covering the a wide range of issues of concern to the midwifery profession, such as the identification and management of women with mental health problems during the antenatal and postnatal period, diet and exercise during pregnancy, the use of radiography in obstetrics, methods of infantile feeding and contraception, pregnancy tests, rates of perinatal mortality and hospital administration.

Administrative / Biographical History

The London Teachers Midwives Group was founded in 1934 in order to give midwife teachers an opportunity to discuss special problems, to consider matters relevant to the formulation of teaching policy and to keep up to date with new ideas and advise the Royal College of Midwives through representative on the Teachers Executive Committee.

At first the Group, consisting of a chairman and nine committee members, met on an adhoc and annual basis. However from 1941 onwards, annual meetings took place in September and general meetings were held monthly with the exception of July and August.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

There is no record of the date or source of acquisition before the collection was deposited at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in May 2011.


Catalogued by Clare Sexton, Project Archivist in accordance with ISAD(G).

Other Finding Aids

Further details of the contents of this material are available on request.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

The minute books within this collection have fragile bindings and should be handled with care.

Conditions Governing Use

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Custodial History

This collection was originally deposited at the Royal College of Midwives. It is now held under the terms of a service level collection care agreement at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

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