Your SMF members: 

England

Contact details: [email protected] 

"As a Student Midwife Forum member, I am eager to advocate for my fellow student midwives. Every generation of midwives faces different challenges. The Royal College of Midwives will always represent our profession – I look forward to working hard to make sure student midwife voices are heard within it."


Contact details: [email protected]

"I'm so delighted to have received a seat within the Student Midwife Forum. As students, we live and breathe midwifery. Therefore, it is important we not only advocate and support each person that comes into our care but our fellow student midwives. I will ensure to take an active role in discussion and debate, to support and advocate for students. As well as to be a part of the change midwifery needs. If you have anything at all you'd like to discuss, ask, or feedback - do let me know!"

Contact details: [email protected]

"I am honoured to be offered a seat within the Student Midwives Forum, which allow me to develop my own career, as well as providing a support network for my fellow students, in a bid to assist with the creation of the next generation of registered midwives. I truly believe that happy midwives can generate happy mothers and who wouldn't want to be a part of that?"

Contact details: [email protected]

"I am excited to be part of the SMF, to help organise the Student Conference at the RCM Conference. I didn’t think it was possible to be more motivated to develop my own voice, for women and for the profession of midwifery, and to help others find their voice. However, I left Manchester with even more zeal and commitment. I really hope to be granted the opportunity to join the forum."

Contact details: [email protected]

"Although we spent much of the year physically apart from our friends and families, student midwives, across the nation, came together to continue to provide care and support for birthing people and each other. As part of the SMF, I will proactively engage and listen to all RCM student members, to provide support and empowerment through these uncertain and unprecedented times. As the advocate and activist Helen Keller said: 'Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much'."

Contact details: [email protected] 

"I look forward to representing London, and bringing our issues to the forefront during these difficult times."

Northern Ireland

Contact details: [email protected]

“My name is Shauna McCabe, I am a midwifery student at Queen’s University, Belfast, currently in my first year. I am passionate about mental health issues and am keen to use my position as a member of the Student Midwife Forum to advocate for my fellow students, and for service users, to support their mental health. I plan to use my leadership and communication skills to help put Northern Ireland on the map!”

Contact details: [email protected]

"My name is Melanie and I am delighted to be one of the Northern Irish representatives on the RCM Student Midwife Forum. I am excited to work with my peers from other parts of the United Kingdom to ensure that the next generation of midwives has a voice within the Royal College of Midwives. Please get in touch if I can be of assistance - I would love to hear from you!"

Contact details: [email protected]

"Communication is essential for both a midwife and a forum representative and is one of my strongest skills. Listening, extrapolating and reframing are key to communication. By virtue of my inherent skillset and previous experience in communications, I am skilled in collating and interpreting information from many sources and in disseminating information in impactful and attention-grabbing ways."

 

Scotland

Contact details: [email protected]

"I believe that, while our lives at home might be very different, our experiences as student midwives bond us in ways that few others understand. I think our differences and unique experiences make us stronger, and that they should be shared, celebrated and empowering.

"I can't wait to get to know more student midwives across Scotland and the rest of the UK, listen to their stories and advocate for them, as they advocate for others."

Contact details: [email protected]

"I am really pleased to have a seat on the SMF representing Scotland. I wanted to join as I am passionate about the representation of students in the wider midwifery community. I feel the best way to respect someone is to listen to them, and we feel most respected when we feel heard.

"I am here to represent you and amplify your voice, so please don't hesitate to get in touch.­"

Wales

Contact details: [email protected]

"It is an honour to represent Wales and take a seat on the RCM Student Forum. It is with great importance to me to ensure that my fellow students have a voice, and vow to listen and respect all opinions, ideas and issues that are highlighted and brought to my attention. I am excited to start the role and can’t wait to support you all! Please don’t hesitate to get into contact me with anything you would like brought up and addressed!"

Contact details: [email protected]

"I am truly honoured to be elected into one of the seats for Wales. It is my passion to speak up and be involved in change for student midwives and the future of midwifery. While being on the Student Midwife Forum, I aim to ensure all students have equality and informed choice, as well as the women in our care.

"I am looking forward to working with all the other members of the forum to support and encourage the midwives of the future."

Contact details: [email protected]

"I believe my skills and knowledge will help me to support and be the voice of my fellow student midwives. I will rise to the challenge that this role brings and represent the students of Wales in addressing any issues that we face. We are the future of midwifery.

"Please do not hesitate to contact me with any issues that you feel the SMF may be able to address."

How does RCM Student Midwives Forum engage with Student members?

The SMF are there for you and to be a voice for all student midwives. The elected members speak for you at national level and keep the RCM accountable when it comes to advocating for you. The best way to engage with the SMF is to get in touch with your local representative and share your experience as a student midwife. This information will be escalated through the SMF and RCM and will influence our collective work to improve the experience of students and members throughout their studies and into practice. 

You can also: 

  • View updates from the SMF in the Student newsletter which is emailed to all RCM student members every first Wednesday of the month.
  • Follow @RCM_SMF
  • As a student member you will receive newsletters and can access free events delivered by the RCM

Meeting dates for 2022: 

  • Tuesday 18 January
  • Tuesday 12 April
  • Tuesday 19 July
  • Wednesday 21 September 

The Student Midwife Forum Terms of Reference provide further detail on what will be required of you if you are successfully elected to the forum. 

Further information

For further information about the RCM SMF, contact RCM Wales National Officer, Vicky Richards at: [email protected] or by calling 0300 303 0444.

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