Buckinghamshire midwife awarded national honour

on 16 March 2021 Maternity Services Midwifery

A Bucks midwife has received a prestigious Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Fellowship for her inspiring midwifery work. Sally Pezaro is a Lecturer and Associate Researcher at Coventry University and received the award at the RCM’s virtual Education Conference today.

The RCM Fellowship has been awarded to Sally for her ground-breaking midwifery research in areas such as domestic abuse, workplace stress, and into hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, a connective tissue disorder that can cause complications in pregnancy. Sally is focused on ensuring that midwifery research has a real-world impact on the care that women and birthing people receive in maternity services.  She is also a founder of an online learning course on domestic violence and abuse which is used by maternity staff and birth workers globally.  

Sally said: “I am honoured and humbled to receive this prestigious award and to become a fellow of The Royal College Midwives. I am inspired by my clinical and academic colleagues every day as we all strive for excellence in the profession. I am now excited by what we may achieve together as this fellowship brings forward new opportunities. The best is certainly yet to come.”

Gill Walton, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said: “Sally’s research work is so important because it has a direct impact on the safety and quality of care for women and birthing people, because research underpins the work that midwives do on the frontline of care. It is because of the work of midwives like Sally that the UK has one of the best maternity services in the world, with an incredibly skilled midwifery workforce.

“I congratulate Sally and the RCM is delighted to be able to put her work and achievements in the spotlight.”

Sally qualified as a midwife in 2007 and her career has taken her from working in a homebirth team, through a PhD in midwifery workplace health and wellbeing, through to her current role. She also has a national role as a panellist on the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Investigating Committee.


To contact the RCM media office and for a picture of Sally call 020 7312 3456 or email [email protected].

Notes to editors

The RCM Fellowship is given to midwives who have shown exceptional leadership and deliver excellence in practice, education or research For more information on RCM Fellowships visit https://www.rcm.org.uk/influencing/rcm-fellows/.

For more information on the RCM’s Education Conference visit https://www.rcm.org.uk/rcm-events/2021/education-conference/.

The RCM is the only trade union and professional association dedicated to serving midwifery and the whole midwifery team. We provide workplace advice and support, professional and clinical guidance and information, and learning opportunities with our broad range of events, conferences and online resources. For more information visit the RCM website at https://www.rcm.org.uk/.