Series 158 - Birth Registers


Date Range1 April 1889 - 21 November 1989
Quantity
ProvenanceMidwifery Department
Description

The hospital's first Birth Register was opened on 1/4/1889 and there is an unbroken series, in various formats, to the present day. Birth Registers succeeded the Midwifery Books which were primarily a clinical record, but also served as a Register. The Birth Registers were introduced at much the same time as the Labour Ward Case Books, when there was considerable reorganisation of the Midwifery and Infirmary Departments.

The Registers provide virtually the same information as an official birth certificate, and were at times the source of information for formal birth registration. They give brief details relating to the mother, father and baby but neither current addresses nor where the mother or baby went after discharge are given. The births are entered chronologically and are not indexed.

Care must be taken in relying on the details found in these records, especially those from the 19th and early 20th centuries, as there are many discrepancies between this information and that given in Birth Certificates and other hospital records of the same period - for example, names are spelled differently, mothers’ ages vary and even birth dates are inconsistent. There are instances where a birth is recorded in a Labour Ward Case Book, but not in the Birth Register.

Access Conditions: Strict patient confidentiality provisions apply. Refer to to the Archivist or the Freedom of Information Officer in Health Information Services.

Microfilm is always to be used for reference in preference to the originals, except to clarify illegible text on the film. Access to the originals will be under supervision of the Archivist.

ArrangedChronological Arranged by Creator

Inventory Listing

Birth Register
A2000/37/037, S0158

Patient records

Bound volume

Nil

Creator Midwifery Department
Date range 15 June 1918 - 20 August 1923
Inventory Identifier 26060158 Series 158
Birth Register
A2000/37/038, S0158

Patient records

Bound volume

Nil

Creator Midwifery Department
Date range 20 August 1923 - 29 July 1927
Inventory Identifier 26070158 Series 158
Birth Register
A2000/37/039, S0158

Patient records

Bound volume

Nil

Creator Midwifery Department
Date range 30 July 1927 - 26 July 1930
Inventory Identifier 26080158 Series 158
Birth Register
A2000/37/040, S0158

Patient records

Bound volume

Nil

Creator Midwifery Department
Date range 28 July 1930 - 5 June 1934
Inventory Identifier 26090158 Series 158
Birth Register
A2000/37/041, S0158

Patient records

Bound volume

Larger format volume.

Creator Midwifery Department
Date range 8 June 1934 - 8 October 1934
Inventory Identifier 26100158 Series 158
Birth Register
A2000/37/042, S0158

Patient records

Bound volume

Larger format volume.

Creator Midwifery Department
Date range 19 October 1934 - 2 February 1941
Inventory Identifier 26110158 Series 158
Birth Register
A2000/37/043, S0158

Patient records

Bound volume

Larger format volume.

Creator Midwifery Department
Date range 2 February 1941 - 18 August 1944
Inventory Identifier 26120158 Series 158
Birth Register
A2000/37/044, S0158

Patient records

Bound volume

Larger format volume. This is the last Birth Register in a leather bound volume. They are subsequently in Kalamazoo volumes.

Creator Midwifery Department
Date range 14 August 1944 - 13 June 1947
Inventory Identifier 26130158 Series 158
Birth Register
A1994/25/002, S0158

Patient records

Bound volume

Nil

Creator Midwifery Department
Date range 1 April 1889 - 29 October 1892
Inventory Identifier 26430158 Series 158
Birth Register
A1994/25/003, S0158

Patient records

Bound volume

Nil

Creator Midwifery Department
Date range 29 October 1892 - 25 May 1903
Inventory Identifier 26440158 Series 158
Birth Register
A1994/25/004, S0158

Patient records

Bound volume

Nil

Creator Midwifery Department
Date range 25 October 1903 - 17 November 1911
Inventory Identifier 26450158 Series 158
Birth Register
A2004/02/01, S0158

Patient Records

Volume, kalamazoo binding

Badly in need of conservation. Front eight pages unbound, creased and torn at edges, as are several pages about half way through. Front cover broken off binding. Torn fragment in plastic sleeve.

Creator Midwifery Department
Date range 13 June 1947 - 2 January 1953
Inventory Identifier 68470158 Series 158
Birth Register
A2004/02/02, S0158

Patient Records

Volume, kalamazoo binding

Several pages in need of repair.

Creator Midwifery Department
Date range 2 January 1953 - 19 October 1954
Inventory Identifier 68480158 Series 158
Birth Register
A2004/02/03, S0158

Patient Records

Volume, kalamazoo binding

Creator Midwifery Department
Date range 19 October 1954 - 30 December 1956
Inventory Identifier 68490158 Series 158
Birth Register
A2004/02/04, S0158

Patient Records

Volume, kalamazoo binding

Creator Midwifery Department
Date range 30 December 1956 - 31 December 1960
Inventory Identifier 68500158 Series 158
Birth Register
A2004/02/05, S0158

Patient Records

Volume, kalamazoo binding

Several pages in need of repair.

Creator Midwifery Department
Date range 31 December 1960 - 31 December 1963
Inventory Identifier 68510158 Series 158
Birth Register
A2004/02/06, S0158

Patient Records

Volume, kalamazoo binding

Nil

Creator Midwifery Department
Date range 1 January 1964 - 31 December 1966
Inventory Identifier 68520158 Series 158
Birth Register
A2004/02/07, S0158

Patient Records

Volume, kalamazoo binding

Nil

Creator Midwifery Department
Date range 1 January 1967 - 1 December 1968
Inventory Identifier 68530158 Series 158
Birth Register
A2004/02/08, S0158

Patient Records

Volume, kalamazoo binding

Nil

Creator Midwifery Department
Date range 1 January 1969 - 31 December 1970
Inventory Identifier 68540158 Series 158
Birth Register
A2004/02/09, S0158

Patient Records

Volume, kalamazoo binding

Nil

Creator Midwifery Department
Date range 1 January 1971 - 31 December 1972
Inventory Identifier 68550158 Series 158
Birth Register
A2004/02/64, S0158

Patient Records

Volume, kalamazoo binding

Nil

Creator Midwifery Department
Date range 1 January 1973 - 31 December 1976
Inventory Identifier 95070158 Series 158
Birth Register
A2004/02/65, S0158

Patient Records

Volume, kalamazoo binding

Nil

Creator Midwifery Department
Date range 1 January 1977 - 23 April 1982
Inventory Identifier 95080158 Series 158
Birth Register
A2004/02/66, S0158

Patient Records

Volume, kalamazoo binding

Nil

Creator Midwifery Department
Date range 24 April 1982 - 31 December 1983
Inventory Identifier 95090158 Series 158
Birth Register
A2004/02/67, S0158

Patient Records

Volume, kalamazoo binding

Nil

Creator Midwifery Department
Date range 1 January 1984 - 2 January 1985
Inventory Identifier 95100158 Series 158
Birth Register
A2004/02/68, S0158

Patient Records

Volume, kalamazoo binding

Nil

Creator Midwifery Department
Date range 2 January 1985 - 30 December 1985
Inventory Identifier 95110158 Series 158
Birth Register
A2004/02/69, S0158

Patient Records

Volume, kalamazoo binding

Nil

Creator Midwifery Department
Date range 30 December 1985 - 31 December 1986
Inventory Identifier 95120158 Series 158
Birth Register
A2004/02/70, S0158

Patient Records

Volume, kalamazoo binding

Nil

Creator Midwifery Department
Date range 1 January 1987 - 30 December 1987
Inventory Identifier 95130158 Series 158
Birth Register
A2004/02/71, S0158

Patient Records

Volume, kalamazoo binding

Nil

Creator Midwifery Department
Date range 31 December 1987 - 31 December 1988
Inventory Identifier 95140158 Series 158
Birth Register
A2004/02/72, S0158

Patient Records

Volume, kalamazoo binding

Records are very incomplete towards the end of this volume.

Creator Midwifery Department
Date range 1 January 1989 - 21 November 1989
Inventory Identifier 95150158 Series 158

Published by the The Royal Women's Hospital Archives Department, November 2006
Listed by Robyn Waymouth
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Updated 28 November 2006
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