Records of the Royal College of Midwives Professional Affairs Department

Archive Unit

Scope and Content

This collection comprises correspondence, research notes and reports of the Senior Professional Officer and the Director of the Professional Affairs Department at the Royal College of Midwives (1985-1996), relating to the policy of the organisation on the challenges that face midwives and mothers, including employment relations, health legislation, the management of maternity services and methods of infant nutrition.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Professional Affairs Department of the Royal College of Midwives is responsible for producing an extensive range of publications and policy papers that provide guidance and comment on the challenges that face midwives and mothers. Thus engaging members and in turn building practical resources which are supportive in the practice field of midwives.


The original order of material is retained, although where this is not possible the arrangement of files has been based on the functions and activities of the organisation as well as chronology, subject and the needs of users.

Conditions Governing Access

Permission is required for external access to records less than twenty years old. Also restrictions apply if material includes personal information of living individuals. All other records are open to research by appointment, Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm. For further information about accessing the collection and visiting the reading room, please contact:

Acquisition Information

There is no record of the source or date of acquisition before this material was deposited under the terms of a collection care agreement 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 collection are available on request.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright belongs to the Royal College of Midwives. To reproduce this material, please apply via the College Archivist:

Custodial History

This collection was previously held at the Royal College of Midwives.