Records of the RCOG Ad Hoc Committee to Advise on Obstetric Analgesia and Anaesthesia Including all Methods of Relief of Pain in Labour

Scope and Content

Records of the RCOG ad hoc Committee to Advise on Obstetric Analgesia and Anaesthesia, comprising minutes of meetings and papers of the Chair, Dame Josephine Barnes, and the RCOG President, Sir Norman Jeffcoate, relating to progress of the committee, including correspondence with the Obstetric Anaesthetists Association, Central Midwives Board, the Scottish Executive of the RCOG, and the Department of Health and Social Security and discussion of numbers of obstetric anaesthetists, training in analgesia, and the administration of epidurals and other drugs by midwives.

Administrative / Biographical History

The RCOG Ad Hoc Committee to Advise on Obstetric Analgesia and Anaesthesia including all Methods of Relief of Pain in Labour was established on 28 November 1970. It was formed on the recommendation of the Council of the RCOG, with representatives from the College, Central Midwives Board, Royal College of Midwives, Faculty of Anaesthetists, Association of Obstetric Anaesthetists and British Paediatric Association. It was chaired by Dame Josephine Barnes. The Committee made several reports on its investigations, including submissions to the Department of Health. It was disbanded in 1975.

Conditions Governing Access

Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright of the RCOG. Reproductions are available at the discretion of the College Archivist.

Related Material

Related material held at the RCOG can be found at the following references:

RCOG/T17 A minute book of the committee dating from 1971-1973

RCOG/A4/21/2 Presidents' papers on anaesthesia, 1977-1986

RCOG/B2/26 Analgesics sub-committee of the External Affairs Committee, 1933-1938

RCOG/B10/2/11 SAC files on use of anaesthetics, 1983

RCOG/T12 Analgesia in midwifery and use of trilene inhalers, 1951-1954