Two ms case registers, containing records of births attended by Joan Darwin while a pupil midwife (1936-1937) and then midwife (1938, 1941-45) in London, Gateshead, Newcastle and Watford, noting the expected and actual dates of confinement, name, age and address of mother, the respective lengths of each stage of labour, details of any complications, the names of other medical staff (and in some cases neighbours or friends) attending the birth, whether or not the mother is breastfeeding and the administration of gas and air.
Papers of Joan Mary Darwin
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- ReferenceGB 1538 RCMS/37
- Dates of Creation10 October 1936-17 December 1945
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description2 bound volumes
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Administrative / Biographical History
Joan Darwin was a midwifery pupil in South London before working as a midwife in Gateshead and Newcastle upon Tyne, and later in Watford during the early twentieth century.
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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 Emily Richards, Archives Volunteer in accordance with ISAD(G). Edited by Clare Sexton, Project Archivist.
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