The MacDonald UK Obstetric Medicine Society was founded in 1976. It is named after Dr Angus MacDonald (1836–86), a lecturer in midwifery, who in 1878 noted that “the first duty of an obstetrician is to make sure that he is a physician”. He was a leader in developing links between obstetrics and general medicine and was a fellow of both College of Physicians and College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. His textbook The bearings of chronic disease of the heart upon pregnancy, parturition and childbirth was the first “medical” textbook of pregnancy.

The Society has grown in size and we have over 250 members from around the UK and further afield! We have an annual meeting and collaborate closely with the RCOG, RCP and BMFMS.

If you practice in the field of obstetric medicine, or if you are interested in training in obstetric medicine then please join our society.

Mission Statement

To support clinicians, across all disciplines, to improve outcomes for mothers and babies whose pregnancies are complicated by medical disorders.


To drive clinical excellence in the care of women with medical disorders before, during and after pregnancy through learning, research and collaboration between clinicians, women and their families.


To lead clinician learning and training in Obstetric Medicine, through education, research and evidence-based practice.