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Liverpool midwives win International Fellowship Award

17 August, 2015

Liverpool midwives win International Fellowship Award

Two midwives from Liverpool have won an international fellowship award that has been joint-funded by the RCM.

Jaki Lambert and Terry Kana from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) won the award to further develop midwifery research from an international perspective.

Jaki is on secondment to the LSTM Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health from her current role as a senior research associate in Scotland.

Her research will focus on recording the experiences of women who use maternity services in Zimbabwe.

She will be working with women and midwives to develop a user-friendly text messaging tool that can be used by women to enter scores about their experiences with maternity services during birth.

The information will then be used to improve the care of women and ensure they get the services that meet their needs.

Terry Kana is a lecturer at the LSTM Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health and her research will focus on midwifery in Bangladesh.

She will be working with midwives in Bangladesh to assess the workload and diversity of their role.

Terry hopes her research will contribute to enhancements in midwifery education in Bangladesh that reflect the midwives’ own aspirations for their roles, and the needs of maternity services in the country.

RCM director for midwifery Louise Silverton said both projects would make an important contribution to improving the care of women and their babies in these countries.

‘I look forward to seeing the results of their work. These projects are always a two-way learning process. We in the UK can also learn a lot from our midwifery colleagues in other countries. I am sure Jaki and Terry will bring back ways of working that could also contribute to improved maternity services here in the UK,’ she said.

The grant is as a result of the ongoing partnership between the RCM, the medical research charity Wellbeing of Women and the Burdett Trust for Nursing.  

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