The Royal College of Midwives announced yesterday that the WINNER of the best #IDM2017 event for Scotland was the University of the West of Scotland.
The University of the West of Scotland held a celebratory conference on International Day of the Midwife. All students were invited to attend this event, providing an excellent opportunity to bring the two campuses where Midwifery is taught together and to provide networking opportunities for the different cohorts to get together.
Dr Mary Ross Davies, RCM Director (Scotland) hosted and kicked off the event which included sessions with world café workshops introducing different topics to all of the students. Honorary Professor Ann Holmes from the Scottish Government delivered a talk about the new Government policy, The Best Start. We also had representatives from the Scottish Government who were showcasing the baby boxes that all new parents will be gifted following birth. There is great excitement around this activity.
Linda Wylie, a former UWS midwifery lecturer, hosted the Virtual International Day of the Midwife from one of the classrooms on site, so attendees at the conference can link in with VIDM and learn more about the power of social media during the event.
Inspired by the RCM conference drive for knitted midwives. UWS students voted for and selected the charity Kicks Count. who also provided advertising for donations of knitted/crocheted or crafted midwives. The Midwifery Society raised more than £600 from running a number of stalls including the Knitted Midwives stall, the bottle stall, the SANDS stall and the RCM stall and a delicious sweetie cart.
One of the 1st year student midwives, Sarah Scarlett, has been awarded an Iolanthe grant to assist her in training in British Sign Language. Sarah provided an interactive session for all attendees to introduce them to a couple of signs that may be helpful when caring for women and families with hearing loss.
Sheona Brown, a Midwifery Lecturer at UWS who was key to organising the event, says,
” We had an amazing event, the sun even shone. The day was packed full of activities to learn and network, the University of the West of Scotland event also included a flashmob of an especially written IDM song. If you want to get in the mood we sang it was sang to the tune of I’d Like to Teach the World to sing. It appeared to be a rousing success.”
The RCM Regional Officer for University of the West of Scotland is Emma Currer. The team will receive a prize of £500. Congratulations!