RCOG Heritage: International Day of the Midwife, 2015

Today is International Day of the Midwife, a day which was initiated by the International Confederation of Midwives twenty-four years ago to recognise and raise the profile of the knowledge and skills of midwives across the world. The idea of an international union of midwives was established and developed in Belgium in 1922, and led…

Fantastic Finds for Friday: Exciting new collections for the RCOG!!

It isn’t often that we receive new collections for the RCOG heritage collections, so you can imagine how excited I am to bring you news of two new and interesting additions to the unique collections held here in Sussex Place! The first is a collection of obstetric and gynaecological instruments which were used in the…

Fantastic Finds for Friday: ‘Letters from Dad’ 1925

Today’s Fantastic Find for Friday comes from the papers of RCOG co-founder William Fletcher Shaw, and is something which really shows how unexpected items can crop up in an archive collection. In May 1925, William Fletcher Shaw toured France with his wife, and sent back home to his 11 year old son, William Meredith, letters…

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, 23 May

Friday 23 May has been designated International Day to End Obstetric Fistula by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and is the subject of the recent blog by RCOG President, David Richmond. Dr Richmond highlights the good work being carried out by the College and its Fellows and Members to provide training and treatment for obstetric…

World Health Day, 2014

7 April is World Health Day, and the World Health Organisation this year is running a campaign to raise awareness of vector-borne diseases with the slogan ‘Small bite, big threat’. One of the diseases included in this campaign is malaria, and here at the RCOG we have been involved in highlighting the dangers of this…

ARCHI’VE EXPLORED: Explore Your Archive, 2013

Explore the collections of the Royal College of Midwives and find out what life as a midwife has been like over the last 150 years. That is the message we are sending out for the Explore Your Archive week, where archives are inviting archive users and non-users to find out some of the treasures held in…

Fantastic Finds for Friday: Bethel Solomons’ Hat!

Bethel Solomons (1885-1965) was born in Dublin and spent most of his professional life there. As Master of the Rotunda Hospital, he organised the first sterility clinic in Dublin, and was a founder fellow of this College and an honorary fellow of the American Association of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He was elected President of the…