The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has announced and inaugurated their new President during their 19th annual Zepherina Vietch Lecture in Oxford.
Kathryn Gutteridge from Birmingham has been elected to take on the role of RCM President, taking over from Professor Lesley Page who has been President since 2012.
Kathryn, who is currently a Consultant Midwife and Clinical Lead for Low Risk Women at Sandwell and West Midlands Hospitals NHS England, was officially inaugurated on Tuesday 6 June 2017.
Commenting on her appointment, Kathryn said: “I am so thrilled that I have been elected as the next president of the RCM, I cannot think of a more honourable position to take up than this.
“I see this opportunity as a prestigious gift to work closely with midwives and maternity support workers as we face the future changes in maternity care. I believe that we have tremendous influence upon the lives of women and their families as they make that leap of faith in welcoming their new baby into their lives.”
Kathryn is passionate about women’s issues, especially when it comes to childbearing. She is also known for representing women’s psychological and mental wellbeing during pregnancy and following childbirth.
She is currently undergoing her doctoral studies in ‘Anxiety, worry and fear in relation to childbearing women’.
Following this announcement, the RCM also revealed the results of their board elections, with Helene Marshall and Professor Jane Sandall CBE being re-elected.
The new board members are: Giuseppe Labriola, Dr Jenny Hall, Kate Evans, Michelle Beacock, Tracy Miller, Birte Harlev-Lam and Pauline Twigg.
Find out more about each board member here.
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