Every woman needs a midwife when she is giving birth, and we want midwives to provide the best care they can.
In these times of limited resources, midwives and students can find it hard to get funding for extra training or to do research which will improve midwifery. That's why we give out financial awards to enable them to develop their practice or to improve local services. Our award winners testify to the difference that having an Iolanthe Award makes to them:
Having an award from Iolanthe means that this work is valued. By doing this you are advocating for the women and babies who are often forgotten, misunderstood and already disadvantaged
Laura Abbott, Midwives Award Winner, working with pregnant women in prison
Deaf women can experience social exclusion and isolation during their pregnancy and early parenting years. They can also face barriers in acessing services. With my award I was able to study level 2 BSL and have been able to used my new language skills within practice.
Sarah Scarlett, Student Award Winner, working with deaf pregnant women
By supporting midwives to develop themselves and their practice, Iolanthe helps to improve midwifery care to the benefit of all pregnant women, their babies and their families.
Iolanthe relies on donations to ensure that we can fund as many awards for midwives and student midwives as possible each year.
You can donate online at our Iolanthe Midwifery Trust page on Virgin Money Giving where you can also claim Gift Aid to increase the value of your donation to us
You can also donate to Iolanthe Mary Cronk Memorial Fund, set up in memory of midwife Mary Cronk who inspired so many midwives, through her midwifery practice as well as numerous workshops, books and articles.