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Midwives Award

Awarded for: 
Self-development, training, research, improving local services
Award Amount: 
Maximum £1,500
Eligibility: 
NMC registered midwife
Next Application Round: 
1 Dec 20211 Feb 2022
Next Awards Announced: 
Apr 2022

Apply for an Iolanthe Midwives Award to help you fund professional education or a project that helps to improve midwifery practice!

New applications open in December 2021

About the Iolanthe Midwives Awards

Each year, the Iolanthe Midwifery Trusts grants a number of financial awards to midwives. Funding is available for midwifery-based projects and plans and will lead to improvements in care through practice, education, research or management studies. Each application is judged on its individual merits.

  • Awarded annually
  • Available for midwives registered with the UK NMC
  • Maximum award available £1,500
  • Black and Brown midwives can apply for a Dora Opoku Midwives Award at the same time

Is your project eligible?

These awards are made to enable midwives to undergo self-development or training, to undertake research or to make improvements to local services.

This could include:

  • Training courses to develop specialist skills
  • Travel to conferences in the UK, either as an attendee or to share research findings
  • Developing services to pregnant women/birthing persons in a local hospital or in the community
  • Assistance with academic fees for Masters or PhD studies
  • Organising study days for local midwives
  • Undertaking research which will benefit midwives or women/birthing persons, babies and/or families
  • Projects should be Covid-safe and within the UK to be eligible for funding

See What do we fund? for more information

Applications are made online. Please read the Application Guidance (link above or see our general video guidance) and our Privacy Policy carefully before applying.

2021 winners

Ellie Ruding, a midwife at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust, study for an MSc Midwifery Critical Care (Level 7) module at the University of Central Lancashire.

Ella Radford, a bank midwife at St Thomas' Hospital,London, for an MSc project on how transgender men and non binary people experience maternity services.

Marley Hall, a midwife in independent practice, will be using her funding for recording 'Better Birth' podcasts with experts from minority groups and creating a training manual.

Katie Poljakovic will be for hosting a Biomechanics for Birth course for midwives at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

Mhairi McLellan is undertaking a Masters Degree in Health Research at the University of Stirling.

Lauren Alexis, a midwife at Frimley Park Hospital, will be addressing ethnic disparities in maternity care, through staff training and individualised support for families from marginalised communities .

Sally Pezaro is using her award to conduct a research study at Coventry University exploring UK midwives’ problematic substance use, health outcomes, work engagement, and leaving intentions one year into the COVID-19 lockdown.

Tamsyn Green will use her award to fund her online Masters study of Primary Maternity Care taught from Griffith University, Australia.

Tracy Beason, a midwife at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust will be undertaking a Healthcare Incident Investigation training course.

Verónica Blanco Gutiérrez, a midwife at Southampton, will be studying the impact of ethnicity on perinatal uirinary incontinence at the University of Bournemouth.