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From Bradford to Argentina: student midwife wins National Midwifery Award

2 February 12

Award sponsor, Cathy Warwick; RCM chief executive; midwifery student, Aongola Ngenda; and Natasha Kaplinsky, broadcaster and journalist.

A University of Bradford student has won one of the UK's top midwifery prizes at the Royal College of Midwives' (RCM) Annual Awards, the UK's most prestigious midwifery awards, held in London on 25th January, 2012. Aongola Ngenda, has scooped one of three Pampers' Student Vision awards; winning funds towards a three-week placement at the Hospital Lagomaggiore, a large public hospital in Northern Argentina.

She received her award at a ceremony at the Grand Connaught Rooms, Covent Garden, London.  Attending the ceremony was the RCM's Chief Executive Cathy Warwick and the journalist and broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky.

Aongola's  award  will help to fund an elective placement to gain greater understanding about how environment and culture can impact midwifery and affect patient care.

Aongola said: "I was shocked when I heard that I had won, but now I’m really excited! This is such an important opportunity for my development as a midwife beyond my academic degree. In May I will be in placement in a large general hospital in Argentina, which will allow me to compare the facilities on offer, and I think will add hugely to my career prospects after graduating."

She said in her award application: "I expect this placement to develop my practice to become a midwife that provides holistic, culturally sensitive maternity care within my local and international community."

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 Aongola are doing towards developing practices across the world so that mothers and their babies in conflict areas get the best service possible."

Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said: "This award highlights the important, innovative and pioneering international work being done by students like Aongola. I congratulate her on her commitment to the profession. It is important for people to know that midwifery education is not standing still and is constantly evolving. When student midwives are given the resources, support and freedom to develop their work and learning, the result is empowered midwives and better services, better care and better outcomes for mothers, babies and their families."

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