Posts tagged: Midwifery

Training method for caring with bereaved parents shortlisted

Mary Seacole BuildingAnne Leyland a Lecturer in Midwifery at the University of Salford, has been shortlisted for the Sands Award for Bereavement Care at the Royal College of Midwives’ Annual Midwifery Awards.

Anne devised the new method using the University’s extensive nursing and midwifery simulation suite because she said traditional teaching methods may not prepare students effectively to communicate sensitively and empathetically with parents who have experienced perinatal loss – the death of a baby in the womb or immediately after birth.

In the simulation scenario the midwifery students are assigned to support and care for the bereaved parents and respond to the concerns and anxieties they may have.

The parents’ parts are sometimes played by students from the Theatre and Performance Practice programme at the University’s School of Arts and Media.

The simulated scenario takes place in an area designed to look like a home birthing room and is streamed live and recorded so larger groups of students can watch. A debrief is then carried out by lecturers to help the students learn from and reflect on the experience.

The technique has received such positive feedback from students and health service colleagues that some NHS hospital trusts have discussed using it to provide additional training for their own staff.

Anne said: “Simulation offers us the ability to immerse students in a very realistic setting, so they’re able to play this out and think very deeply about the right things to say and do in that situation.

“This is absolutely devastating news for a pregnant woman and her partner, and the quality of the care they receive afterwards is crucial to their psychological recovery. The way the bereaved parents are treated by the health service can have a huge impact on them and on their future pregnancies.”

Anne will find out if she has won the award, sponsored by the Sands Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity, at the award ceremony held on 7 March 2017.

The birthing room is one of a number of simulated environments in the University’s Mary Seacole Building, including maternity units containing furniture from NHS suppliers along with electronic manikins representing birthing women which are able to move, speak and even blink and which can be controlled by skilled technicians.

Midwifery lecturers support new book launch

Birthrights Book Cover

Students and staff are invited to attend a human rights in childbirth discussion to mark the launch of the new book ‘Why Human Rights Matter in Childbirth’. Midwifery lecturers at the University are supporting human rights charity Birthrights with a special event on 26 October 2016.

The newly released midwifery book, ‘Why Human Rights in Childbirth Matter’ was written by Birthrights’ chief executive Rebecca Schiller. The charity supports women and their families during pregnancy and beyond. It also provides health care professionals with advice and publications along with conferences.

Some of the University’s midwifery lecturers support Birthrights through volunteering and other activities. Among those is senior lecturer Karen Barker who says: “The memories and effects of childbirth are never forgotten by women. This is an essential text to remind us of the importance that dignity and choice have in making memories that will make women smile.”

The event is open to all staff and students and will take place in the Mary Seacole building on 26 October 2016 at 2pm. Attendees will be able to participate in a special panel discussion around human rights in childbirth and access some of Birthrights’ resources. Everyone there will also get a chance to take part in a raffle in which they could win a handy ‘student wellbeing kit’.

The book has been recommended by Cathy Warwick CBE, chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives, who says: “This should become essential reading for all maternity professionals.”

The book club event will take place at 2pm on 26 October 2016 in the Mary Seacole building.

Why Human Rights in Childbirth Matter is available to buy now here.

You can find out more about Birthrights here.

For more information about the event please contact Karen Barker at

“Inspirational” midwifery student nominated for Woman of the Year award

Nicolette Peel photograph

A mum of three and midwifery student at The University of Salford is “amazed” and “excited” to have been nominated for a Woman of the Year award for helping mothers who have cancer.

University of Salford midwifery student and mother of three Nicolette Peel is “amazed” and “excited” to have been nominated for a Women of the Year award for helping mothers who have cancer.

Nicolette, from Glossop, Derbyshire, will attend a lunch in recognition of her work with the charity Mummy’s Star. Mummy’s Star is the only charity in the UK and Ireland dedicated to helping women and their families affected by cancer during pregnancy or within a year of a birth.

The 44-year-old, herself twice a breast cancer survivor, juggles her duties as the Chair of the Charity with being a student and a mother.

She said: “It is amazing to have been nominated and I am so excited to attend the lunch. I was contacted by the Head of Maternity for NHS England, Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent. She asked me to give her contact details, but I had no idea why. When I found out I had been nominated it a came as a wonderful surprise.”

Nicolette studies a BSc (Hons) in Midwifery, in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences. The School, which is one of the largest training nurses and midwives in the North West, recently opened a state-of-the-art nursing simulation suite, which gives students the opportunity to learn a wide range of skills in as realistic a setting as possible.

Nicolette will graduate in December, after completing a successful placement at The Royal Oldham Hospital. She added, “I wouldn’t be where I am today without the back up of my brilliant husband, and my lecturers at the University have also been really supportive. It has been a balancing act but thanks to them I have been able to squeeze everything in.”

Nicolette is also on a steering committee for pregnant asylum seekers in Greater Manchester and chaired the Midwifery Society at Salford University. Additionally, she is the first student ever to be invited to speak on the main stage of the Royal College of Midwives annual conference, which takes place next month.

Lisa Bacon, Director of Midwifery, Counselling and Psychotherapy said: “Nicolette is an amazing and inspirational woman who is more than deserving of this nomination. Her charity offers incredible support to women and their families who are affected by cancer during what should be one of the happiest experiences in their life. The University of Salford is incredibly proud of her.

“Earlier in the year Nicolette won the Royal College of Midwives President’s Volunteer Award, which recognises an RCM member who has volunteered in a field with relevance for the provision of maternal and child health within the UK or overseas. The University of Salford and the midwifery profession already know what an incredible woman Nicolette is and it’s great that her hard work is getting recognised”.

The awards lunch will take place in October. Previous attendees of the Women of the Year Lunch have included Nicole Kidman, Julie Walters CBE and Dame Jacqueline Wilson.

Women of the Year has recognised, celebrated and inspired women of all backgrounds since 1955 and continues to shine a light on extraordinary women through an annual Lunch and Awards ceremony, lecture and on-going foundation work. The Women of the Year Awards are sponsored by Barclays, DFS, Good Housekeeping, ITV’s Lorraine and Prudential and the winner will be announced on Monday 17 October 2016.

For more information about the charity Mummy’s Star visit