Student midwife forum

Congratulations to our newly elected members of the Student Midwife Forum! Meet the members: 

England

jessica james hill

Email: [email protected]

"I am so excited to have this opportunity to be a representative for midwifery students, hopefully we can raise and tackle some important issues that we are all facing, while also being a source of support and advice."

"I am honoured to be offered a seat within the Student Midwives Forum, which allow me to develop my own career, as well as providing a support network for my fellow students, in a bid to assist with the creation of the next generation of registered midwives. I truly believe that happy midwives can generate happy mothers and who wouldn't want to be a part of that?"

"I am excited to be part of the SMF, to help organise the Student Conference at the RCM Conference. I didn’t think it was possible to be more motivated to develop my own voice, for women and for the profession of midwifery, and to help others find their voice. However, I left Manchester with even more zeal and commitment. I really hope to be granted the opportunity to join the forum."

"As a youth leader, I demonstrate the ability to manage, contribute to a team and plan activities to a challenging deadline. These are all needed when chairing RCM Student Midwife programs. The nature of the midwifery course has evolved my time management, organisation and prioritisation skills. The art of listening, is the skill I cherish the most because I do not have all the answers. There is something, we can all learn from each other." 

Second year student midwife 
De Montfort University
Email: [email protected]

"Although we spent much of the year physically apart from our friends and families, student midwives, across the nation, came together to continue to provide care and support for birthing people and each other. As part of the SMF, I will proactively engage and listen to all RCM student members, to provide support and empowerment through these uncertain and unprecedented times. As the advocate and activist Helen Keller said: 'Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much'."

Email: [email protected] 

"I look forward to representing London, and bringing our issues to the forefront during these difficult times."

Northern Ireland

"It is a privilege to provide care for women and their families as a student midwife, and I would like to put the skills and knowledge I have gained to identify and debate issues of interest and concern to student midwives and agree the course of action required, and share the work of the RCM Student Midwife Forum across QUB and Ireland."

 

 

 

"Communication is essential for both a midwife and a forum representative and is one of my strongest skills. Listening, extrapolating and reframing are key to communication. By virtue of my inherent skillset and previous experience in communications, I am skilled in collating and interpreting information from many sources and in disseminating information in impactful and attention-grabbing ways."

 

Email: [email protected]

"Throughout the last two years of training, my passion for caring and advocating for the people in my care has gone from strength to strength and I am now delighted to provide this same support to my fellow student midwives through the SMF. I look forward to building relationships with my peers throughout the UK, working together to explore issues faced by midwifery students, finding solutions where possible, to ensure midwifery students have the best experience possible and that our voices are heard by the relevant organisations."

Scotland

Mhairi McLellan

Email: [email protected]

"I wanted to join the SMF because I am passionate about supporting students in their midwifery journey. I am involved in lots of things that support student midwives and I want to bring all of that experience to the role. I am here to represent you so please do not hesitate to contact me with any issues or concerns, as well as your positive feedback."

Rachael Dewey

Email: [email protected] 

"I am really happy to have a seat on the SMF for Scotland, looking forward to becoming actively involved in representing our amazing student body. I will rise to the challenge this role brings, as I believe student representation is vital and continues into our professional careers as future midwives." 

Email: [email protected]

"I believe that, while our lives at home might be very different, our experiences as student midwives bond us in ways that few others understand. I think our differences and unique experiences make us stronger, and that they should be shared, celebrated and empowering.

"I can't wait to get to know more student midwives across Scotland and the rest of the UK, listen to their stories and advocate for them, as they advocate for others."

Email: [email protected]

"I am really pleased to have a seat on the SMF representing Scotland. I wanted to join as I am passionate about the representation of students in the wider midwifery community. I feel the best way to respect someone is to listen to them, and we feel most respected when we feel heard.

"I am here to represent you and amplify your voice, so please don't hesitate to get in touch.­"

Wales

Amy Yorath

Email: [email protected]

"I joined the RCM SMF as a second year student. Students are the next generation of midwives. I want to be a voice for them in the RCM. To ensure they have the necessary support, education and experience needed to provide exceptional care for women and their families."

"I am very passionate about providing the best possible care to women and families as well as making the most of my experience as a student midwife. I feel that it is also my role to encouraging and supporting other students. I would be able to use all my experiences gained to support the SMF. If I was elected to be a member of the RCM Student Midwife Forum would be an invaluable experience and I would be committed to attending all meetings and the RCM annual conference."

Email: [email protected]

"I am truly honoured to be elected into one of the seats for Wales. It is my passion to speak up and be involved in change for student midwives and the future of midwifery. While being on the Student Midwife Forum, I aim to ensure all students have equality and informed choice, as well as the women in our care.

"I am looking forward to working with all the other members of the forum to support and encourage the midwives of the future."

Email: [email protected]

"I believe my skills and knowledge will help me to support and be the voice of my fellow student midwives. I will rise to the challenge that this role brings and represent the students of Wales in addressing any issues that we face. We are the future of midwifery.

"Please do not hesitate to contact me with any issues that you feel the SMF may be able to address."

Newly elected members will be invited to the next meeting of the SMF on Wednesday 20 January 2021.

Meeting dates for 2021:

  • 20 January
  • 21 April 
  • 21 July 
  • 21 September 

The dates for RCM Annual Conference will be released in 2021.

The Student Midwife Forum Terms of Reference provide further detail on what will be required of you if you are successfully elected to the forum. 

How does RCM Student Midwives Forum engage with Student members?

There are number of ways that you can get engaged with RCM's SMF and other Student Members:

Further information

For further information about the RCM SMF, contact RCM Wales National Officer, Vicky Richards at: [email protected] or by calling 0300 303 0444.

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