The Royal College of Midwives (RCM)

The RCM is the voice of midwifery. They are the only professional organisation and trade union dedicated to serving midwifery and the whole midwifery team.

The RCM was established in 1881 as the Matron’s Aid or Trained Midwives Registration Society but has existed under its present name since 1947. In 1881, Vita Donum Dei was the College’s slogan, which meant ”Life is the gift of God”. This was an old hymn that midwives used to sing.


They are the voice of midwifery and are the UK’s only trade union and professional organisation led by midwives for midwives and those that support them.

The vast majority of the midwifery profession are members.

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) provides courses and events to support CPD.


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