State Certified Midwife's hat, England, 1946-1982
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.
Related Themes and Topics
There are 631 related objects. View all related objects
Shaped coverings for the head having a brim and crown, or one of the two.
A person, usually a woman who assists during childbirth. Historically, many midwives learnt through experience rather than formal training.