Records of the Advisory Committee of Domiciliary Midwives of the Royal College of Midwives

Scope and Content

This collection comprises minutes of the Advisory Committee of Domiciliary Midwives of the Royal College of Midwives (formally known as the Midwives Institute) (1941-1942), relating to the services and working conditions of domiciliary midwives, with particular references to the cost of midwives uniforms and transportation, the duty of a midwife in cases of criminal abortion and the problems that midwives faced due to rationing during the Second World War.

Administrative / Biographical History

The first meeting of the Advisory Committee on Domiciliary Midwives of the Royal College of Midwives (formally known as the Midwives Institute) took place on 29 September 1941. The Committee was established to advise the Council of the College on problems directly relating to the work of domiciliary midwives, such as salaries, fees, uniforms, sick pay and holiday allowance.

The task of improving the working conditions, and in particular gaining better salaries, for midwives was taken over by the Midwives Salaries Committee, under the chairmanship of Lord Rushcliffe in 1943 (sometimes referred to as the Rushcliffe Committee).

Arrangement

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: archives@rcog.co.uk

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.

Note

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: archives@rcog.co.uk

Custodial History

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

Related Material

See the minutes and papers of the Midwives Salaries Committee (sometimes referred to as the Rushcliffe Committee) for further material concerning the working conditions and services of midwives (Archives reference number: RCM/D7).