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Midwifery student wins national award at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM)

Midwife with a newborn baby

London South Bank University final year Midwifery student Lisa Cecere wins top prize at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Awards 2014

Lisa has been awarded a travel bursary which she intends to use to travel to the Peruvian Amazon in aid of gaining an insight into the local maternity and midwifery services. 

The annual RCM awards, reward the professional excellence, hard work and dedication of UK's midwives, while celebrating exceptional achievement across all levels of the profession. 

The purpose of the national midwifery award is to assist a student midwife or group of students to undertake a carefully planned elective placement away from the normal educational and practice environment. 

"I am honoured and flattered to have been chosen as the winner of the RCM Student Travel Award as the projects of the other shortlisted candidates were exceptionally inspiring," Lisa says.

Midwifery in the Amazon

Lisa intends to spend her travel bursary on a five-week elective placement in the central Amazon of Peru, where she will visit a hospital in the highly multi-ethnic and multicultural region of Pasco.

"I am eager to observe community midwifery services and to talk with indigenous women in order to explore their traditions, their beliefs, and their practices in relation to pregnancy and birth,"

Lisa Cecere, BSc (Hons) Midwifery student

Lisa says. "I hope I will have the opportunity to meet some 'parteras tradicionales' – traditional birth attendants – and potentially attend a birth with them."

Lisa's journey

Before taking up her BSc (Hons) Midwifery course at LSBU, Lisa completed a Masters in International Development - and the elective placement will not be the first time Lisa has travelled to Peru:

 "Amongst my past experiences, I collaborated with an Italian international organisation in a programme empowering native communities in Peru, which brought me to do field work in the Amazon region for a total of six months. I saw how crucial it was for women to have access to the continuing support that gives them the self-confidence and energy to fight for the betterment of their lives."

"I felt my own dedication should be to the promotion of women's health and women's rights. That is how I realised that I would be a much more useful encourager and enabler of women's development with more specific, practical skills and knowledge, so I decided to train to become a midwife." 

Lisa Cecere, BSc (Hons) Midwifery student

In addition to being pro-active in her learning within the course, Lisa is involved in voluntary work with a small UK charity providing support to pregnant women and new mothers while in detention as well as those who have experienced, or are at risk of, being detained.

 
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