MIDIRS has been eagerly following the progress of the thriving midwifery society scene in the UK, and has welcomed the addition of so many societies up and down the land.
What is even more encouraging is the collaborative efforts of some societies, and the forthcoming All Wales Student Midwife Conference is a perfect example of what can be achieved when societies pool their resources.
We’ve spoken to Bianca Armitage from Cardiff University about what people can expect from the first ever All Wales student conference…
Tell us a little about the conference.
Cardiff Midwifery Society along with our colleagues at Swansea, Bangor and The University of South Wales are delighted to be hosting the first All Wales Student Midwife Conference – Entitled Gaining Knowledge, Sharing Ideas… WE ARE THE FUTURE.
The conference is to be held on 29th May 2015 at the Michael Griffiths Building in the grounds of University Hospital Wales, Cardiff. All midwifery students in Wales are invited along with the Heads of Midwifery from all of the health boards in Wales and prominent figures from the world of midwifery in Wales and beyond.
So what is the plan for the day?
We are delighted to welcome Royal College of Midwives chief executive Cathy Warwick CBE to provide the opening address to delegates. Other speakers on the day will include Professor Billy Hunter, who will present her work on Resilience in Midwifery. Professor Sheila Hunt will present on Emotional Intelligence, and there will also be presentations by Antenatal Screening Wales and SANDS. Sarah Jones will also be presenting her work on Perinatal Mental Health.
The afternoon will include short presentations from students in their first, second and final year of their degree, as well as newly qualified midwives telling delegates about the first six months as a practising midwife. There will also be the opportunity for delegates to participate in workshops, as well as screenings of the films Microbirth and The Face of Birth.
We will be holding a raffle on the day with some great prizes, including APEC Study days, a ticket for the RCM Conference, a year’s subscription to a MIDIRS journal, a meal with wine, a cocktail masterclass and many, many more.
Delegates will be offered to prove themselves as midwifery’s answer to Mary Berry with a midwifery based cake competition, and the day will be completed with a Midwifery University Challenge. We are also pleased to accommodate stands from a few charities and organisations.
It sounds fantastic. Congratulations on organising it!
Thanks, we are so excited to be able to hold such an event in Cardiff. It was suggested some time ago, though we never thought we’d manage to arrange it. But with a lot of hard work and effort from the committee members we are delighted it’s going ahead.
We hope that our colleagues at the other universities will be able to hold further conferences in Wales for future students.
How can people purchase tickets?
Tickets can be bought from the Cardiff Students’ union website. They are £10 for members of the society and £12 for non-members. Whilst it is an ‘All Wales’ conference, students from further afield are more than welcome to attend.
Do you have anything else planned?
We are hoping to organise a study day about ‘Life for African mothers’, as well as organising a charity event later in the year.