Celebrating 100 years of The Midwives (Scotland) Act 1915


Professor Paul Martin, student midwife Melanie Halpin and Lead Midwife for Education Hilary Patrick (above), attended the Lord Provost’s reception in Edinburgh City Chambers on Saturday 17th October following a church service in St Giles Cathedral to celebrate 100 years of The Midwives (Scotland) Act 1915.

This Act put an end to the practice of uncertified midwives delivering children within Scotland by making training, examination and registration for midwives compulsory, thus paving the way for the professionalising of the role so improving the safety of child delivery across the country.

At the church service, Melanie read a poem that reflected poignantly on the care given to women and their babies by midwives. Also attending the service from UWS was the Dean of the School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery Karen Wilson; Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning Dr Maria Pollard; Professor Jean Rankin and a number of our midwifery lecturers.

Currently there is also an exhibition hosted by the National Records for Scotland celebrating the history of Scottish Midwives. This free exhibition is on show at General Register House from 12 October until 20 November. For more details see: