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2016 Award Winners

Awards were made in 2016 to 6 student midwives and 6 midwives.

See our film of the 2016 Awards Ceremony

Student Award Winners

Tamsin Robertson, studying at King's College London, undertook 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 received the trustees’ Dame Rosalind Paget award.

Petra Veteskova, at Edinburgh Napier University, travelled 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, arranged 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 turned midwife student at Swansea University, opted for a placement in Nepal to help her enhance cultural care for the Nepalese community in Brecon

Joanna Kidd, Birmingham City University, went on 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, travelled to Kampala, Uganda for a two-week placement at the Infectious Diseases Institute there, focusing on preconception and antenatal care for women with conditions including tuberculosis and human immuno-deficiency virus.

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Midwife Award Winners 

Emma Mathews studied for 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, used her funding as part of her doctorate to explore the impact of ‘telling and listening to practice-related stories’ with midwifery and mental health nurse students. Rosalind also gained the Ann Stewart award, given at the discretion of the trustees.

Rachel Giaccone, midwife at the Brecon Birth Centre, used her award will help train midwives in Powys to become hypnobirth practitioners.

Natalie Scott, working in Skye and Lochalsh, plans 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. Due to a fortuitous change in circumstances, Nicola was able to carry on her studies without Iolanthe funding, and has returned her award for us to help another deserving midwife.

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The joint Iolanthe/RCM Jean Davies Award

This was awarded to Elizabeth Bailey, Midwife Research Fellow at Coventry University and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, who is carrying out a listening exercise around women's needs for nutritional guidance in pregnancy.

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