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College anniversary service held at Westminster

5 June, 2008

College anniversary service held at Westminster

A service of thanksgiving to commemorate the College’s 125th anniversary took place at Westminster Abbey last month and was attended by hundreds of midwives.

Midwives magazine: July 2006

 

A service of thanksgiving to commemorate the College’s 125th anniversary took place at Westminster Abbey last month and was attended by hundreds of midwives. 

  

RCM general secretary Dame Karlene Davis, addressing those who had gathered to mark the event, stated: ‘Today we celebrate a notable landmark in the history of midwifery, when 125 years ago the profession gained its collective voice and identity, and in so doing, came of age.’ She paid homage to the pioneering women who laid the foundations in 1881 for what was to become the College, helping to minimise distressing childbirth experiences and formally recognise the profession: ‘Thanks to their efforts, the last 125 years has witnessed the growth of the RCM into the oldest and largest midwifery organisation in the world.’

 

The College’s president Maggie Elliott and Council chair Monica Thompson also gave readings, as did former RCM president Dame Lorna Muirhead and Florence Nightingale School senior lecturer in midwifery Carmel Lloyd. The service was led by Westminster’s subdean Reverend Robert Wright and minor canon Reverend Graeme Napier. 


 

 

 


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