Report: Midwifery Service in Anglesey with suggestions for its improvement and extension

Scope and Content

REPORT: Upon Midwifery Service in Co. Anglesey with suggestions for its improvement and extension.

Report gives the population for each parish, the size of the area covered in square miles, the number of births and the names of the nurse midwives and untrained women on the register.

Administrative / Biographical History

Midwifery became legally recognised in Britain in 1902 with the first Midwives Act. Despite this, there continued to be a large proportion of women who were supported by midwives who had not been formally trained. Before the First World War and, in some areas, until the mid-1930’s, the majority of working-class women in Britain were attended in childbirth by a local woman. By 1905 all midwives had to register as ‘bona fide’ or they could not call themselves midwives. After 1910, bona fide midwives could no longer legally attend births without being under the supervision of a certified midwife or physician. The Central Midwives Board (CMB) was established as part of the Midwives Act. It also set up Local Supervising Authorities that provided routine supervision of midwives. There was a series of additional Midwives Acts- in 1918, 1926 and 1936- which provided stricter guidance in assuring that only qualified midwives were able to attend births. The National Health Service (NHS) Act in 1946 provided free access for all women to doctors as well as midwives.

Access Information

Dim cyfyngiadau/ No Restrictions

Acquisition Information

Adnau preifat / Private deposit.


Os gwelwch yn dda archebwch y dogfenau gan ddefnyddio y rhif cyfeirnod amgen (lle ddarperidd) / Please order documents using the alternative reference number (where provided)

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Archifau Ynys Môn / Anglesey Archives and the National Register of Archives. It is the policy of Archifau Ynys Môn / Anglesey Archives to catalogue in the language of the document.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Cyflwr da /Good condition

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Helen Lewis for Archifau Ynys Môn / Anglesey Archives.

Appraisal Information

Mae'r holl gofnodiadau sy'n cydymffurfio â pholisi casglu Swyddfa Gofnodi Cyngor Sir Ynys Môn wedi eu cadw /All records which meet the collection policy of the Anglesey Archives have been retained.


Ni ddisgwylir croniadau/Accruals are not expected