RCM Annual Conference

Student Midwives’ Forum

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WELCOME FROM THE RCM STUDENT MIDWIVES’ FORUM
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Alana Divito

Alana is a newly qualified midwife from Magherafelt, Northern Ireland. She recently completed her degree at Queen’s University Belfast. Alana currently represents Northern Ireland on the RCM Student Midwives Forum which has given her an opportunity to have an input into student issues and meet other student midwives from across the UK.  Alana has a keen interest in breastfeeding and aspires to complete a masters degree in this field in the near future . She has two girls aged 7 and 3 and a step son aged 14.  Alana feels privileged to be attending another RCM annual conference and hopes to continue her engagement with the RCM in her future career.

Alice Kersey

Alice is a second-year student midwife at the University of Greenwich and is also a buddy for first years there to help them transition in to student midwife life!

In addition to sitting on the RCM’s SMF as a member for England, Alice is involved with the RCOG’s board on electronic fetal monitoring and also sits on a midwifery thought leadership board at the NMC which is currently re-writing the midwifery education standards. She is passionate about ensuring students voices and thoughts are heard as well as creating future proof midwifery standards that are clear and of an excellent calibre.

Alice’s main interests lie in research around the third stage of labour, however, once qualified she would like to publish at least one article and explore midwifery settings all around the world.

This is Alice’s first RCM conference and she is looking forward to seeing what amazing thoughts other students have on current issues for students and interesting abstracts to further her own learning.

 

Charlene Cole

Charlene is a third year student midwife at the University of Coventry. Being a part of the RCM’s Student Midwife Forum has given her a brilliant platform to pursue her passion about building a supportive network for students, midwives and the wider multidisciplinary team through social media; and through her campaign #GetYourTweetOn she plans to recruit as many HCPs to twitter as possible. She is a great believer in the power of Twitter and tweet chats for professional development, collaboration and learning. Charlene previously worked as a research chemist, gaining her PhD at the University of Warwick in 2005, and her passion for research and continual learning remains.

Elizabeth Barilli

Elizabeth Barilli is a third year BSc midwifery student at The University of the West of Scotland. She is one of two elected Scottish student midwife representatives on the RCM Student Midwife Forum. Elizabeth nominated herself for this role as she would like to give all student midwives a voice on matters that directly affect education and clinical practice. The RCM SMF provides the opportunity for student midwives from all countries of the UK to build connections and support networks that allow continuously improve our learning and practice.

Jennifer Pope

Jennifer is a student midwife at Cardiff University and about to go into her final year of study. This is her second degree having previously trained as a Chemistry Teacher prior to changing career to become a midwife. Jennifer is very proud to be one of the Welsh representatives on the SMF panel, and to be given the opportunity to be a voice for student midwives studying in Wales for the RCM. It also allows her to keep Welsh student midwives up to date on the latest RCM and midwifery developments, an important part of evidenced based practice.

 

Louise Webster

Louise is a third year student midwife at the University of Worcester and was delighted to be elected to join the RCM Student Midwifery Forum as one of the England representatives this year. It has enabled her to meet with likeminded student midwives from all four countries within the United Kingdom and work with other RCM members too.

Louise enjoys being part of a team that continuously strives to make improvements not only for the women we care for and support, but for all its members too; midwives, students, MSWs and aspiring students. Joining the RCM student midwife forum has also opened opportunities for her to be part of the RCM Advisory Board and the NMC Thought Leadership Group as a student voice.

The RCM conference is always a fantastic day, where everyone comes together to share their thoughts, ideas and knowledge and Louise hopes you all enjoy it.

 

Rachel Evans

Student midwife and member, RCM SMF, Swansea University

Rachel Evans is a former solicitor who became a breastfeeding volunteer after the premature birth  of her son, and loved working with new mothers so much that she decided to train as a midwife.  Now is her final year, she remains passionate about breastfeeding support and continues to volunteer in her local neonatal unit. Rachel gave birth to her second baby in January 2017 and has remained an active member of the SMF during maternity leave.

Shaunee Jamieson

Shaunee is a third year student midwife at Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen. She is actively involved in the RGU Midwifery society and also the RCM Grampian Branch. Her current agenda includes improving pastoral care for students and promoting the importance of self-care.

Shaunee was elected as the Scottish representative for the RCM SMF in her second year. This experience has allowed her to work alongside other student midwives and members of the RCM, who also share a passion for ensuring the voice of student midwives across the UK is heard. Originally from Shetland, Shaunee recently completed a placement on the island and this inspired her interest in integrated models of midwifery care. She also shares an interest for perinatal mental health.

Shaunee is currently very excited about her new job lined up with NHS Grampian when she qualifies.

 

Alana Divito

Alana is a newly qualified midwife from Magherafelt, Northern Ireland. She recently completed her degree at Queen’s University Belfast. Alana currently represents Northern Ireland on the RCM Student Midwives Forum which has given her an opportunity to have an input into student issues and meet other student midwives from across the UK.  Alana has a keen interest in breastfeeding and aspires to complete a masters degree in this field in the near future . She has two girls aged 7 and 3 and a step son aged 14.  Alana feels privileged to be attending another RCM annual conference and hopes to continue her engagement with the RCM in her future career.

Charlene Cole

Charlene is a third year student midwife at the University of Coventry. Being a part of the RCM’s Student Midwife Forum has given her a brilliant platform to pursue her passion about building a supportive network for students, midwives and the wider multidisciplinary team through social media; and through her campaign #GetYourTweetOn she plans to recruit as many HCPs to twitter as possible. She is a great believer in the power of Twitter and tweet chats for professional development, collaboration and learning. Charlene previously worked as a research chemist, gaining her PhD at the University of Warwick in 2005, and her passion for research and continual learning remains.

Elizabeth Barilli

Elizabeth Barilli is a third year BSc midwifery student at The University of the West of Scotland. She is one of two elected Scottish student midwife representatives on the RCM Student Midwife Forum. Elizabeth nominated herself for this role as she would like to give all student midwives a voice on matters that directly affect education and clinical practice. The RCM SMF provides the opportunity for student midwives from all countries of the UK to build connections and support networks that allow continuously improve our learning and practice.

Rachel Evans

Student midwife and member, RCM SMF, Swansea University

Rachel Evans is a former solicitor who became a breastfeeding volunteer after the premature birth  of her son, and loved working with new mothers so much that she decided to train as a midwife.  Now is her final year, she remains passionate about breastfeeding support and continues to volunteer in her local neonatal unit. Rachel gave birth to her second baby in January 2017 and has remained an active member of the SMF during maternity leave.

Alice Kersey

Alice is a second-year student midwife at the University of Greenwich and is also a buddy for first years there to help them transition in to student midwife life!

In addition to sitting on the RCM’s SMF as a member for England, Alice is involved with the RCOG’s board on electronic fetal monitoring and also sits on a midwifery thought leadership board at the NMC which is currently re-writing the midwifery education standards. She is passionate about ensuring students voices and thoughts are heard as well as creating future proof midwifery standards that are clear and of an excellent calibre.

Alice’s main interests lie in research around the third stage of labour, however, once qualified she would like to publish at least one article and explore midwifery settings all around the world.

This is Alice’s first RCM conference and she is looking forward to seeing what amazing thoughts other students have on current issues for students and interesting abstracts to further her own learning.

 

Jennifer Pope

Jennifer is a student midwife at Cardiff University and about to go into her final year of study. This is her second degree having previously trained as a Chemistry Teacher prior to changing career to become a midwife. Jennifer is very proud to be one of the Welsh representatives on the SMF panel, and to be given the opportunity to be a voice for student midwives studying in Wales for the RCM. It also allows her to keep Welsh student midwives up to date on the latest RCM and midwifery developments, an important part of evidenced based practice.

 

Shaunee Jamieson

Shaunee is a third year student midwife at Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen. She is actively involved in the RGU Midwifery society and also the RCM Grampian Branch. Her current agenda includes improving pastoral care for students and promoting the importance of self-care.

Shaunee was elected as the Scottish representative for the RCM SMF in her second year. This experience has allowed her to work alongside other student midwives and members of the RCM, who also share a passion for ensuring the voice of student midwives across the UK is heard. Originally from Shetland, Shaunee recently completed a placement on the island and this inspired her interest in integrated models of midwifery care. She also shares an interest for perinatal mental health.

Shaunee is currently very excited about her new job lined up with NHS Grampian when she qualifies.

 

Louise Webster

Louise is a third year student midwife at the University of Worcester and was delighted to be elected to join the RCM Student Midwifery Forum as one of the England representatives this year. It has enabled her to meet with likeminded student midwives from all four countries within the United Kingdom and work with other RCM members too.

Louise enjoys being part of a team that continuously strives to make improvements not only for the women we care for and support, but for all its members too; midwives, students, MSWs and aspiring students. Joining the RCM student midwife forum has also opened opportunities for her to be part of the RCM Advisory Board and the NMC Thought Leadership Group as a student voice.

The RCM conference is always a fantastic day, where everyone comes together to share their thoughts, ideas and knowledge and Louise hopes you all enjoy it.