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Midwifery

“Midwives work at the heart of the community, as the primary co-ordinator of care for all pregnant, labouring and postnatal women. They support, guide and care for mother, baby and family through the months of pregnancy, during the birth itself, and afterwards in the postnatal period." (RCN, 2015, Become a midwife). Use this guide to find information resources about midwifery including books, reports and journal articles.

Last updated: 13/07/2017

Key Resources

Royal College of Midwives (2016) The RCM standards for midwifery services in the UK, London: RCM.
Nursing and Midwifery Council (2015) The Code: professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives, London: NMC.
Royal College of Nursing (2016) Female genital mutilation: an RCN resource for nursing and midwifery practice (3rd edition), London: RCN Royal College of Nursing (2016) Female genital mutilation: an RCN resource for nursing and midwifery practice (3rd edition), London: RCN
Formula feeds : RCN guidance for nurses caring for infants and mothers Royal College of Nursing (2016) Formula feeds: RCN guidance for nurses caring for infants and mothers (3rd edition), London: RCN.
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists: Guidelines
NICE Evidence: search for pregnancy and childbirth guidance
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Cochrane systematic reviews: Pregnancy and childbirth
We would like to thank the RCN Midwifery member community for their input into the development of this subject guide.

Books

Davy L and Houghton D (2013) The midwive

Davy L and Houghton D (2013) The midwife’s pocket formulary (3rd edition), Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.

Fleming V and Mander R (2014) Becoming a midwife (2nd edition), Abingdon: Routledge.
Johnson R and Taylor W (2010) Skills for midwifery practice. Johnson R and Taylor W (2010) Skills for midwifery practice (3rd edition), Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
Lomax A (2015) Examination of the newborn. Lomax A (2015) Examination of the newborn: an evidence-based guide (2nd edition), Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley Blackwell.
Lumsden H and Holmes (2010) Care of the newborn by ten teachers. Lumsden H and Holmes D (2010) Care of the newborn by ten teachers, London: Hodder Arnold.
MacDonald S and MacGill-Cuerden (2011) Mayes MacDonald S and MacGill-Cuerden J (2011) Mayes’ midwifery (14th edition), London: Balliere Tindall.
Marshall J and Raynow D (2010) Advancing skils in midwifery practice. Marshall J and Raynow D (2010) Advancing skills in midwifery practice, Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
Marshall J (2014) Myles textbook for midwives. Marshall J (2014) Myles textbook for midwives (16th edition), Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
Peate I and Hamilton C (2013) The student Peate I and Hamilton C (editors) (2013) The student's guide to becoming a midwife, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
Wilks J (2015) Choices in pregnancy and childbirth. Wilks J (2015) Choices in pregnancy and childbirth : a guide to options for health professionals, midwives and holistic practitioners, London: Singing Dragon.

Book subject searches

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Journal articles

Journals

Databases

Maternity and Infant Care

Nursing History Collection

Leap N (2013) The midwife Leap N (2013) The midwife’s tale: an oral history from handywoman to professional midwife, Great Britain: Scarlet Press.
McIntosh T (2012) A social history of maternity and childbirth. McIntosh T (2012) A social history of maternity and childbirth: key themes in maternity care, London: Routledge.
Worth J (2008) Call the midwife. Worth J (2008) Call the midwife, Great Britain: Orion Publishing.

Special collections

Our Permanent Collection consists of nursing specific core items and rare items. It is viewable by appointment at the RCN Library and Heritage Centre. Here is a small selection of items from our collection.
Pritchard E (1934) The new-born baby a manual for the use of midwives and maternity nurses, London: Henry Kimton.
Radcliffe W (1967) Milestones in midwifery, Bristol: John Wright
Robinson H (1909) The midwives pronouncing dictionary of obstetrical and gynaecological terms, London: Scientific Press.

Historical journals

Midwives chronicle and nursing notes (1946-1994).
  • The official journal from the Royal College of Midwives. It charts the progress of midwifery. The journal has changed its name throughout the years. It is now called Midwives (RCM). Viewable by appointment at the RCN Library and Heritage Centre.
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Nursing Record/British Journal of Nursing (1888-1956)
  • Digitised journal available online.
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Archives

The RCN Archive contains many references to midwifery within the personal papers collections. One of the most significant midwifery collections in our archive is that of midwifery tutor Gertrude Baker. Mrs Baker collected material for a museum of midwifery, the papers of which have been donated to the RCN. These include research and career information of not only Mrs Baker, but many individual midwives who gave her their own collections towards her work, including certificates, badges and photographs. For more details search the Archive catalogue for RefNo C502.