Wednesday 28th August 2019 saw the 7th Annual Conference organised by our 2016 cohort of midwifery students. This was an extra special event because it was the first midwifery Conference held at the new Lanarkshire Campus, and was also the first year that all midwifery students are being taught on one campus. The challenge for the students is to organise this conference with no budget; develop a captivating conference theme and enlist interesting speakers. No mean feat in these economically challenging times. As always our UWS midwifery students rose to that challenge.
The theme of this year’s conference was “What Matters to You”
The Master of Ceremony duties was shared by four of the exiting BSc students Sarah Scarlett (Student Midwife of the Year 2019 at this year’s MAMA Conference) Lorna Caldwell, Rhiannon McGibbon and Danielle McLaughlin.
The first speaker of the day was Anne Trotter, Assistant Director: Education and Standards at the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Anne gave an excellent insight to role and function of the NMC as professional regulators and the exciting transition from student to registrant. Anne reminded us all that to stay on the NMC register we must remember to pay our £120 annual fee. Ann gave a clear account how the NMC spends this money. Unfortunately, Anne could not stay for the whole day, however she did manage to tweet some pictures of our conference
The next speaker was Leah Hazard, a midwife based in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde who has recently published a book called Hard Pushed; A Midwife’s Story. Leah delivered a lively, humorous and personal account of life as a midwife in the 21st century.
The next session was entitled “Our Case Loading Story, What Matters to Us” was led by our recently married exiting Masters student Catherine Grahame nee (Ranald) and Victoria a new mother. The rapport between this student and new mother was very apparent and the genuine regard that they held for each other was heart-warming. Victoria was delighted with the care, advice and support she received from Catherine ante natally, intranatally and postnatally. Victoria even suggested that “…all pregnant women should have a Catherine”; testament to the importance of what matters to women in terms of continuity of care and the trusting bond between women and their (student) midwife.
Continuing on the theme of trusting relationships, the next session was a service user panel made up of four service users each having a unique story to tell, The delegates were invited to pose questions to the panel via Padlet,and the services users answered all questions posed by the delegates.
During Lunchtime there was a workshop run by midwifery lecturer Sheona Brown for our new 2nd year student midwives who are considering going on an elective placement as part of their 2nd year practice placements. Students from previous years happily shared their experiences of visiting countries such as Ghana and Uganda, with others telling of their experiences closer to home.
The first session of the afternoon saw our very own Dr Lyz Howie delivering an enlightening and sometimes humorous account of her doctoral thesis journey, which linked well to the theme of the day “What Matters to You.”
During tea break we enjoyed some lovely baked and decorated doughnuts, made by Newly Qualified Midwife Stacey Lawrie – even these tasty treats continued with the theme of “What Matters to You” with words you could choose that mattered to expectant mothers on all 150 doughnuts.
This message was followed by the programme leaders Jean Watson (BSc) and Dr Lyz Howie (MSc) announcing the winners of the UWS Court Medals 2019. This years winners were:-
BSc winner of court medal for third year in a row is Terri Booth.
MSc winner of court medal is Catherine Grahame nee (Ranald)
The final flourish for the day was the presentation of UWS badges to all our successful third year BSc and MSc students by Hilary Patrick, Lead Midwife for Education.
Drawing the day to a close, we reflect on another excellent third year student midwife conference; with even better news that all of our exiting third year student had secured Midwife posts.
Thank you to all the Conference Committee Team for all your hard work in organising an amazing day, and to all your colleagues who helped along the way.Looking forward to 2020 conference already.