Papers of Hilda Groves 1937 - 1968

Scope and Content

Four case books, compiled by Hilda Groves, recording the births that she attended during her time as a midwifery student in Rotherham (July 1937 - July 1938) and as a midwife primarily in the North Yorkshire, Hull, Newcastle and the North East of England (August 1937 - August 1956), containing patient notes, details of labour and her observations. Additionally included are seven photographs of Hilda and her sister, Marjorie, as children and Hilda as a nurse at Rise School, two newspaper photographs (of retirement parties) Hilda and Marjorie (also a nurse) three certificates comprising Hilda's baptism certificate, her St. John Ambulance Home Nursing certificate and her certificate for the Central Board of Midwives examination and one letter of reference for a future post from a doctor at Ely Road Convalescent Home dated October 1940.

Administrative / Biographical History

Hilda Groves practised midwifery and nursing for over thirty years between 1937-1968. Trained as a midwife in Rotherham, Hilda practiced as a midwife primarily in North Yorkshire, Hull, Newcastle and the North East, and served as school nurse at Rise School.

Conditions Governing Access

Restricted: Closed for 100 years for reasons of patient confidentiality

Custodial History

Donated to the RCM Special Collection of Deposited Papers by the great-niece of Hilda Groves in March 2012; a further case register was added to the collection in January 2013 (RCM/2013/6).