Student midwives from Edge Hill University won a prestigious award for their work presented by guest of honour the Princess Royal, HRH Princess Anne at the Royal College of Midwives annual awards event.

The Student Vision Award was presented to Michelle Cash and Liza Munro who represented the group of 13 second year midwifery students.

The students planned a project that will examine alternative methods of midwifery care world-wide, and are set to visit Australia, Canada, Saudi Arabia and India to compare midwifery models, and feedback their findings to link with the curriculum and clinical practice.

Jane Morgan is Head of Midwifery and Women?s Health at the University and one of the founders of a new maternity project in Rwanda:

“We are thrilled to have been singled out for this national award,” said Jane. “The category was keenly contested and I think that our student midwives won due to their passion and commitment to midwifery services nationally and internationally, and the tremendous support and vision from Lesley Briscoe, senior lecturer in midwifery. The students were delighted to meet the Princess Royal who commented that she was enormously impressed with the dedication of midwives across the UK who are making real progress for women.”

The group picked up a glass award and £1000. They will be launching a student led global midwifery day next year to share their findings and present a formal evaluation of the project and video diaries for reflection.

“The students have been ambitious in developing this project and have demonstrated a highly developed vision for the future of midwifery,” said Jane. “They intend to develop a global perspective investigating different settings, roles of midwives and how they are supported, as well as the challenges that they face. Examining how different cultures approach midwifery services will really broaden their knowledge and influence new training models and practices.”

The first visits abroad are scheduled for April 2007 and the global midwifery day for September 2007.