Exhibition for 100 years of midwifery

Christine Birrell, Midwife, Fiona Cochrane, Midwife, Katrina Fraser, Midwife, and Catherine Cummings, Midwifery Nurse Manager at launch of new exhibition to mark 100 years of midwifery at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy
Christine Birrell, Midwife, Fiona Cochrane, Midwife, Katrina Fraser, Midwife, and Catherine Cummings, Midwifery Nurse Manager at launch of new exhibition to mark 100 years of midwifery at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy

NHS Fife is marking a century of midwifery in Scotland with a special exhibition in the maternity unit at Victoria Hospital .

The Midwives (Scotland) Act 1915 was passed on December 23, 1915 – a time where infant and maternal mortality rates in Scotland were at a high.

The progressive act regulated midwifery and ensured all midwives practicing in Scotland were sufficiently trained and registered.

The maternity unit at the Kirkcaldy hospital is marking the centenary with an exhibition, which showcases local memorabilia including photographs, equipment and clothing from the last 100 years of the profession.

The exhibition was organised by midwives from the maternity unit, who researched and collated the fascinating display in their own time.

Cath Cummings, midwifery manager, said: “In Fife, we wanted to celebrate the contribution that midwives have made over the last 100 years.

“The midwives involved in pulling this exhibition together have done a fantastic job and it clearly illustrates how far our profession has come.

“The role of the midwife has developed significantly since the Act was enacted in 1915,” Catherine continued, “But one thing that hasn’t changed is the sense of pride that midwives take in the important contribution we make to families and our profession as a whole.”