Service Medal for Midwives for 40 Years (1887)
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The Service Medal for Midwives was founded by Grand Duchess Louise in October of 1884 and it was conferred upon midwives who rendered long and faithful service within the field. The decoration originally consisted of a single class, which was awarded for 35 years of service
In 1887 the award was redesigned and divided into two grades.The original award was reduced from 35 to 25 years and the newly introduced grade was for 40 years of service. The Medal for 50 Years was added as a grade at a later date and it was only conferred twice.
The design that was introduced in 1884 features a cherub head superimposed over a cross. Below the cherub, there is a banner that features an inscription. Four eight-pointed stars are placed in the corners of the medal.
The design that was introduced in 1887 also features a cherub head but it is no longer superimposed over a cross. Below the cherub, there is a banner that features an inscription. This version no longer features stars and instead has an ornate border surrounding the cherub.
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