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Sheena Byrom OBE

Sheena Byrom OBE is Chair of the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust and is an internationally renowned speaker and author

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Sheena Byrom is a practising midwife, and worked within the NHS for more than 35 years. Sheena was one of the UK’s first consultant midwives, and as head of midwifery successfully helped to lead the development of three birth centres in East Lancashire.

As well as being an international speaker, Sheena provides consultancy services to both NHS Trusts and to organisations globally; helping and supporting them to promote normal, physiological childbirth.

Sheena is involved in several charities related to midwifery, and is one of the project leads of the Midwifery Unit Network, which assists and promotes midwifery led units (birth centres) both online, and face-to-face. Sheena is working on a new initiative with Anna Byrom, her midwife daughter, to support midwifery in the UK, and around the world. 

Sheena was awarded an OBE in 2011 for services to midwifery, and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Midwives in 2015. In 2016, Sheena received an Honorary Doctorate from Bournemouth University, and in 2017 she was made a Visiting Fellow at the same university.