Anglia Ruskin University student delivers midwifery success

Published: 20 January 2011 at 14:38

Judith scoops Pampers Student Vision award at glittering London ceremony

Anglia Ruskin University student Judith Green is celebrating after winning the Pampers Student Vision Award at the Royal College of Midwifes’ Annual Midwifery Awards in London yesterday.

Judith, who is studying for a BSc (Hons) in Midwifery in Cambridge, was nominated for her forthcoming overseas study placement with the Juzoor Foundation for Health and Social Development in Palestine.

Her trip to the Palestinian territory, partially under Israeli occupation and partially under the government of the Palestinian National Authority, will see her observing community-based and midwife-led care in the West Bank.

After receiving her award from TV newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky at The Royal Garden Hotel in London, Judith said:

“It was an incredible event. There were some really good nominees in my category so obviously winning was an amazing feeling, especially as I’ve never won an award like this before.”

The 38-year-old, who has pledged to donate the £1,000 she received as part of her prize, added:

“Being presented with a cheque like this is a real bonus and I plan to give half of the money to the main organisation, the Juzoor Foundation, and the rest to a local grassroots midwifery organisation that I plan to spend some time with while I’m out there.

“I’ve also been asked to write about my trip for the RCM’s own magazine, so it will be nice to tell other midwives about what I’ve experienced.”

Professor David Humber, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Health & Social Care, said:

“We are all delighted that Judith’s hard work has been recognised by the judges from the Royal College of Midwives. Everyone within the Faculty is very proud of her achievements. Judith’s forthcoming trip to the occupied Palestinian territory is incredibly worthwhile and is bound to benefit her professional development.”

Cathy Warwick, general secretary of the Royal College of Midwives, said:

“This highlights the important, innovative and pioneering work being done by Judith, and demonstrates the value of midwifery care. It is important for people to know that midwifery practice does not stand still. When midwives are given the resources, support and freedom to develop their work, the result is better services, better care and better outcomes for mothers, babies and their families.”

Dr Gillian Marsh, Technical External Relations Manager at Pampers, who sponsor the student award, said:

“Pampers understands the important role that midwives play in society. That’s why we are proud to support an award such as this, which recognises the hard work that students like Judith are doing towards developing practices across the world so that mothers and their babies in conflict areas get the best service possible.”