State Certified Midwife's hat, England, 1946-1982

1946-1982 in England

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State Certified Midwife's hat of grey felt with blue and grey band and badge

State Certified Midwives (SCM) were established by an Act of Parliament in 1902, which required midwives to register with a central board. Later, examinations and additional rules, regulations and licenses also became requirements of the position.

The uniform, including a grey hat and overcoat, was introduced in the 1940s. This professional recognition greatly improved the status of midwives.


Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Object Number:
1982-561/35 Pt10
  • furnishing and equipment
  • costume
  • headgear

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