Student Midwife of the Year graduates

Laura ThomasLaura ThomasA student whose life ambition to work as a midwife, has been fulfilled as she graduates from Bangor University this week.

Laura Thomas, 21, from Rhewl Mostyn, Flintshire graduated with a BMd Midwifery degree, and now works for the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.

The former Ysgol Treffynnon pupil had dreamt of becoming a midwife since a very early age. Laura was inspired by her godmother’s passion and enthusiasm as a midwife, which stemmed her interest in pursuing this career path.

Laura explains: “I applied to Bangor University to study Midwifery whilst studying my A-Levels and was lucky enough to get a place on the course straight from high school.

“Throughout my studies I was a member of the Bangor Student Midwife Society, elected Social Secretary in my second year, and Chair in my third. This experience helped me to build confidence and gain valuable experience of organising study days, conferences and fundraising events.

“At the beginning of my second year, I wanted to leave the course as the workload and long shifts created huge anxiety. With help from University staff, fellow students, family and friends, I stuck at it and now I’m here, graduating because I persevered and completed it!

“One of the highlights of my course was being on work placement. I loved being able to have hands on experience of caring for women and their families, watching them bloom as a new family in a life changing experience, but also being able to provide help and support to them when it was most needed.”

Laura winning the Student Nursing Times Student Midwife of the Year Award 2018 Laura winning the Student Nursing Times Student Midwife of the Year Award 2018 In May, Laura won the Student Nursing Times Student Midwife of the Year Award which highlights excellence in all specialities of student nursing. She has also been invited to join the 2019 Awards panel.

Laura said: “Winning the Student Nursing Times Student Midwife of the Year Award 2018 was a huge honour. It’s such a privilege to be recognised for my determination and leadership skills across the whole of the UK.”

Sheila Brown, Lead Midwife for Education & Course Director for the Bachelor of Midwifery Programme, said:  “Laura’s development during the programme is exemplary. Particularly in relation to her professionalism and leadership. Laura put herself forward as a student society member early in the programme and continued to grow from this point, encouraging peers along the way. Her success was recognised beyond the programme with the achievement of the Nursing Times Student Midwife of the Year award, which was well deserved. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for Laura as she embarks on her career as a newly qualified midwife.”

Laura has been working as a registered midwife since October and looks forward to continuing her career here in north Wales.

Laura said: “It’s an incredible feeling to be graduating. It’s been an exciting, rewarding but tough three years which has all led to this moment, and it feels amazing knowing that I’ve done it.”

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Publication date: 13 December 2018