UWS Staff and Student participation in the Scottish Parliament launch of the RCM publication “Midwifery in Scotland- into the 2020’s”.

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) in Scotland has released a new publication that highlights the breadth of roles of Scottish midwives. The publication Midwifery in Scotland – into the 2020s shows how wide the role of the midwife is, including working in hospitals, in the community and the home and in urban and rural settings, in specialist roles and in education.

This was launched at the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 23rd May 2018 during an event sponsored by Anas Sarwar (MSP) and supported by the Minister for Health Shona Robison. As well as other invited guests, UWS staff and students, both past and present, both attended the event and feature within the publication.

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(L to R: Anas Sarwar, MSP; Hilary Alba, Midwife; Dr Mary Ross-Davie, RCM Director for Scotland; Lorna Ford, Midwife; Gill Walton, RCM CEO; Shona McCann, Midwife; Tom McEwan, Midwife Lecturer; Jessica Thompson, Midwife; Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport.)

Tom McEwan is currently a Midwife Lecturer at UWS, Jessica Thompson is an MSc Midwifery with Registration Graduate from UWS and Hilary Alba is also a former UWS Graduate and soon to be postgraduate student at UWS.

Also in attendance from UWS were Professor Jean Rankin, Lead Midwife for Education Hilary Patrick and current 3rd Year midwifery students Megan Withers and Elizabeth Barilli, all pictured below.

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RCM director for Scotland Mary Ross-Davie said: ‘When people think about midwives, very often they think about birth and a midwife assisting a woman as she gives birth to a newborn baby. This is a vital part of a midwife’s work, of course, but the role includes so much more.

‘Midwives make a huge contribution to improving the health of women and babies. But I think they can make an even bigger contribution if politicians and service planners think about them right at the start of improving and developing services for women and children in the early years.

Mary added that even though midwifery is one of the oldest professions it can and is making a real difference to women and babies now in the 21st century, and they can do even more.

She said: ‘There are also challenges and our maternity services need investment if they are going to be the best they can be and give everyone born in Scotland the best possible start in life.’

The publication will be available on the RCM website here.