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Applications Dates for 2016-2017 - October 2016

Applications Dates for 2016-2017


Applications for the Midwives Award (up to £1500), the Student Midwives Award (up to £1000) and the Jean Davies Award for work into inequalities (up to £5000) will open on Monday 14h November 2016 and will close on Friday 27th January 2017.

Please contact us on if you have any questions about applying for the award.


Please watch our Chair, Sheena Byroms, wonderful video about last years awards winners and the work of the Iolanthe Trust!


Our award Winners 2015-2016


Become a Trustee of the Iolanthe - June 2016

The Iolanthe Midwifery Trust aims to promote and improve the care of mothers, babies and families through awarding grants and fellowships in support of midwifery education, practice and research.

Over the last 30+ years the Trust, a registered charity, has helped more than 300 midwives develop and broaden their skills and knowledge through financial awards and encouragement. The Trust depends on the leadership of its Trustees who believe that the education and development of midwives and student midwives is essential for the high quality care of mothers and babies.

We are now seeking a new Trustee with expertise in website design/management and social media promotion to support the work of the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust. This position is open to both midwives and lay trustees.

Currently the minimum time commitment is to attend two London-based Trust meetings each year (usually March and November), to participate in assessment of annual award applications and to assist with other activities related to the work of the Trust, chiefly via e-mail, throughout the year.

We welcome applications from previous award winners. However, all applicants should note that trustees are excluded from applying for awards or any other financial benefit from the IMT, for the duration of their trusteeship. Trustees receive no remuneration; reasonable expenses are paid. Being a Trustee provides a great opportunity to make a difference to midwives and student midwives in the UK.

To apply, please send us your CV supported by a completed Expression of Interest. If short-listed you will be invited to be interviewed and may be asked to make a brief presentation. If you have further queries about the role, please email the Executive Director, Samantha Hibbert, at the address below.

Please send your Expression of Interest by Friday 29 th July 2016 to: 

The Iolanthe Midwifery Trust 2016 awards: an emphasis on mental health, emotional and physical well-being, and culturally sensitive care - April 2016

Midwives and student midwives are to be funded by the charity Iolanthe Midwifery Trust (IMT) in 2016 to study, to travel, to research, to enhance their care for women and babies, to ‘listen to practice-related stories’ and much more.

Sheena Byrom OBE, chair of the trustees, announced which midwives and students have gained awards from the charity, describing how hard it was to select the best from over 100 applicants:

''This year we read more applications than ever before and debated vigorously over the choice of award winners from so many excellent and deserving projects. The topics reflected concerns like maternal mental health, women affected by poor diet and nutrition, decisions on birth setting and strategies to reduce intervention in birth. We’re delighted to be able to help these students and midwives from all countries of the UK. Congratulations to all!''

The student winners are:

  • Tamsin Robertson, studying at King's College London, who will pursue a Diploma in Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology and Body Massage at the London School of Massage, focusing on appropriate touch for women who are survivors of trauma. Tamsin also receives the trustees’ Dame Rosalind Paget award
  • Petra Veteskova, at Edinburgh Napier University, travelling to Christchurch, New Zealand for a four-week placement working with an independent midwife to appreciate the benefits of continuity of carer
  • Sian Mulholland, from Queens University Belfast, who has planned a placement in Ontario, Canada, with Countryside Midwifery Services, seeking insights into ethical and societal issues involved with global health.
  • Flora Cheetham, former opera singer and now student at Swansea University, who opted for a placement in Nepal to help her enhance cultural care for the Nepalese community in Brecon
  • Joanna Kidd, Birmingham City University, is going for a three-week placement in Kandy, Sri Lanka, to gain insight into why Sri Lanka has a significantly lower maternal mortality rate than other developing countries with limited-resources.
  • Emily Maclean, King's College London, doing a two-week placement at the Infectious Diseases Institute in Kampala, Uganda, focusing on preconception and antenatal care for women with conditions including tuberculosis and human immuno-deficiency virus.

The midwife award winners are:

  • Emma Mathews, pursuing a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, to support her work at Wirral University Teaching Hospital in treating childbirth-related PTSD, depression and anxiety
  • Rosalind Weston, based at the University of Worcester, as part of her doctorate, is exploring the impact of ‘telling and listening to practice-related stories’ with midwifery and mental health nurse students. Rosalind gains the Ann Stewart award, given at the discretion of the trustees
  • Rachel Giaccone, midwife at the Brecon Birth Centre, will use her award will help train a minimum of 10 midwives in Powys to become hypnobirth practitioners
  • Natalie Scott, working in Skye and Lochalsh, wants to undertake the ’wise hippo’ hypnobirth instructor training programme, to enable women in these remote and rural environments to benefit
  • Nicola Bowen, midwife at the Samuel Johnson Hospital in Lichfield is studying perception of risk in pregnancy or childbirth for her MSc in Midwifery at Nottingham University.

The joint Iolanthe/RCM Jean Davies award for addressing health inequalities is to go to:

  • Elizabeth Bailey, Midwife Research Fellow at Coventry University and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, who will carry out a listening exercise around women's needs for nutritional guidance in pregnancy.

The award ceremony will be held in London, on

9th September 2016.