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Student Midwife Honoured with National Award

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University of Worcester student Debbie Taylor has beaten competition from across the country to be named as the British Journal of Midwifery’s Student Midwife of the Year.

Debbie, who is from Gloucestershire, was announced as the winner at the organisation’s twelfth annual awards ceremony, which was held in London last week.

The third-year student was recognised for her work with bereaved families; she has volunteered with her local Stillbirth and Neonatal Death (SANDS) group since 2011 and, along with other group members, has helped to organise and facilitate a number of initiatives and fundraising activities in recent years.

Of her award win, Debbie says: “It was a real shock. All of the award categories were incredibly strong, so I was delighted to be nominated, let alone to win the Student Midwife of the Year award.

“It is wonderful to receive such recognition, but much of the credit must go to the incredible parents I have worked with; I have learnt a huge amount from all of them, and hopefully that will stand me in good stead both in my final few months as a student and after I graduate.”

The British Journal of Midwifery Award ceremony is one of the most prestigious events in the midwifery calendar. Set up in 2004 to honour outstanding achievement in midwifery practice, the awards run alongside the organisation’s annual conference.

This year, awards were given out in various categories including Midwife of the Year, Leadership in Midwifery, Team of the Year and Educator of the Year.

Toni Martin - Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at the University - nominated Debbie for her award, and adds: “Debbie’s success is extremely well deserved. The Midwifery team is very proud to have her as a student; she is a great ambassador for the course and the profession.

“She is an inspiring student midwife who has consistently demonstrated a passion for providing excellent care of women and their babies.

“Her compassion for women who have suffered the loss of their babies has shone throughout her three years as a student midwife, and she is an advocate for women in this situation. We look forward to working with her as a qualified midwife in the near future.”