University Campus Suffolk student wins National Midwifery Award to study in Nepal

A University Campus Suffolk student has won one of the UK’s top midwifery prizes at the Royal College of Midwives’ (RCM) Annual Awards, the UK’s most prestigious midwifery awards, held in London on January 24.

Rachel Brooks has scooped one of three Midwives magazine’ Student Vision awards; winning funding towards a five-week visit to Nepal, visiting hospitals in Pokhara.

She received her award at a ceremony in London.

Attending the ceremony was the RCM’s Chief Executive Cathy Warwick and the journalist and broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky.

Rachel’s award will help to fund an elective placement to gain greater understanding of maternity care in Nepal, which has the highest maternal and perinatal mortality rates in the world.

Rachel said in her application: “I have always been passionate about global issues surrounding women’s health. Nepal has one of the highest maternal and perinatal mortality rates in the world.

“This combined with the implementation of the Safer Motherhood Programme across hospitals within Nepal, and the beautiful landscapes and culture attracted me to consider a placement in rural Nepal.

“The experience will allow me to explore the childbearing customs and practices of another culture, whilst providing insight into the issues women face when accessing health care in a developing country.”

Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said: “This award highlights the important, innovative and pioneering international work being done by students like Rachel and I congratulate her on her commitment to the profession.

“It is important for people to know that midwifery education is not standing still and is constantly evolving.

“When student midwives are given the resources, support and freedom to develop their work and learning, the result is empowered midwives and better services, better care and better outcomes for mothers, babies and their families.”

Emma Godfrey-Edwards, editor of Midwives magazine, said: “This award enables student midwives to experience midwifery in often a totally different environment to the one they are training in.

“It broadens their knowledge and provides them with an insight into potentially alternative practice methods.

“Midwives magazine is delighted to sponsor this award and wishes Rachel all the very best for her/their elective and future midwifery career.”

Rachel’s Midwifery course leader Elaine Jones, said: “I support Rachel wholeheartedly in her quest to explore the childbearing customs and practices in another culture, and know she will be welcomed as a kind and caring person, with gifts and talents to share.”

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