Jaki Lambert and Terry Kana won the award which enables midwives to develop their research interests within midwifery, maternity services pregnancy and childbirth on an international basis.
Jaki Lambert’s research will be based around experiences women have of maternity services in Zimbabwe. Jaki is on a secondment to the LSTM Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health from her role as a senior research associate in Scotland.
She said: “I am really grateful and honoured to be awarded this fellowship. This offers a wonderful opportunity for me to be embedded in research that has the potential to improve care for women and their babies. Also as part of the Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health it is great news as it fits within the wider quality agenda.
“It is important that women have a voice that can influence care provision whatever the context.”
Terry Kana is a lecturer at the LSTM Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health. Her research will be looking at midwifery in Bangladesh.
“I am so happy to have been awarded this funding. It’s a great honour,” Terry said. “The funding will help me complete part of the fieldwork for my PhD which is looking at the scope of practice and workload of midwives in low and middle income countries.”
The International Fellowship Award grant has been the result of an ongoing partnership between the charity Wellbeing of Women, the Royal College of Midwives and the Burdett Trust for Nursing.
The chief executive of Wellbeing of Women, Fiona Leishman added: “Wellbeing of Women greatly values its partnership with the RCM and Burdett Trust for Nursing. We share a goal of providing the funding to give midwives the opportunity to research both here in the UK and in developing countries.
“By funding these projects we are able to continue this vital support.”
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