Midwifery lecturer shortlisted for Royal College of Midwives award
Amanda Hutcherson was recognised for her work in East London with the Maternity Mates project
Amanda Hutcherson, a midwifery lecturer from City, University of London, has been shortlisted for the Royal College of Midwives Reducing Inequalities Award.
Amanda was recognised for her work in East London with the Maternity Mates project, which involved using volunteer birth supporters for vulnerable women. Established in 2011, in the six years since the project was started 225 volunteer birth supporters have been trained and 700 pregnant and birthing women have been supported by Tower Hamlets Women’s Health and Family Service.
The RCM awards recognise and reward excellence and innovation in midwifery practice, management, education and research throughout the UK, and the winners will be announced at a ceremony on Tuesday, 6th March 2018.
The work by Amanda and colleagues has also been shown to increase women’s satisfaction and confidence in maternity care, and has led to increased breast feeding initiation. There have also been requests for the service by other London boroughs, and so far the project has been disseminated to Newham and Walthamstow.
Speaking about the nomination, Amanda said: “I am delighted to receive a nomination for this award, an achievement highly prized in the midwifery world. My main motivation for entry has been to highlight a fantastic, charity based, midwife supported project which is designed to reduce inequalities and provide increased confidence for vulnerable mothers, babies and whole families in three East London boroughs.”
Gill Walton, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said: “The standard of entries has been extremely high so to get this far is an outstanding achievement. It shows how much innovation there is in our maternity services and among our midwifery academics, and how hard midwives, maternity support workers and the wider team is working to deliver the safest and best possible care. I wish Amanda the best of luck at the awards ceremony in March.”