Tuesday, 29 July 2014
When Hereford mum-of-three, Fiona Oliver, decided to go back to university and train as a midwife her decision was met with surprise by friends and family.
But three years on, the former kitchen designer has fulfilled her dream and exceeded her own expectations, after being awarded the Midwifery Fellowship Prize from the University of Worcester for her outstanding academic work and practice placements during the course of her study.
Fiona, whose children are aged 25, 23 and 19, said: “I am so overwhelmed to have got through the course and to now be able to call myself a midwife. Making the decision to go to university as a mature student was tough and my children were a bit confused at first, but it has been the best decision I’ve made.
“The support I received from my family, from the University, my mentors while on placement in Hereford Hospital and from the other students in my cohort, was absolutely fantastic. I couldn’t have done it without the help of all of them.”
Fiona, age 48 from Kings Pyon, said she had waited until her children were grown up before pursuing her dream career.
“I always wanted to be a midwife, but I wanted to do it at a time that was right for me and my family,” she said. “To be able to help other women through one of the most amazing life experiences is a real privilege.”
Fiona will be presented with her Fellowship at the University’s Graduation Ceremonies in November.
“I am thrilled to get this Fellowship prize, it was totally unexpected,” she said.
Sarah Snow, Lead Midwife for Education and Programme Leader at the University of Worcester, said: “The Fellowship Prize recognises students who have made a significant contribution to personal or professional development, whether that it is within their teaching cohort, clinical placements or personal achievement in theory and practice assessments. Fiona has been an outstanding student midwife, team player and has performed at a very high level in both her academic work and practice settings. We congratulate her on winning this award.”
She added: “This year, from a cohort of 14 student midwives, 10 have graduated with First Class Honours, which is just exceptional.”