Case notes of Elizabeth Braine

Scope and Content

This collection comprises two notebooks, containing case notes of Elizabeth Alice Braine, midwife in Brighton, Hove (11 November 1923-5 July 1924), listing the name, age and address of each patient that she attended in childbirth, as well as the date and hour that she arrived at the delivery, the time of birth, the presentation of the child on birth, the sex and weight of the child, the duration of each stage of labour, the name of the doctor if called, the reason if the doctor was called, the name of the pupil midwife present, the condition of the mother and child in the days immediately following the birth and the postnatal care provided, together with two printed certificates awarded to her by the St. John Ambulance Association for completing courses of instruction in home nursing (April 1915) and first aid (January 1916). Also includes five photographs, showing her in uniform (circa. 1910-1920), two nurses playing golf possibly apparently in India (circa. 1910-1920) and a group of women examiners’ dressed in overalls (10 November 1911), as well as the staff and patients on a paediatric ward of a unidentified hospital at Christmas time, possibly the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, Norwich (circa. 1910-1920).

Administrative / Biographical History

Elizabeth Brain (fl. 1893-1980) was born in St. Pancreas London. She went on to become a midwife who practiced in Brighton and then Dudley in the West Midlands.

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Acquisition Information

Deposited at the Royal College of Midwives by the nephew of the creator, Martin Braine.


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

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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.