The UoB Midwifery Society was established in 2014 by Kate Remond-Mortimer, Abbie Milnes and Gemma Sykes; their aim being to support and unite midwifery students and professionals, and create a dynamic and energetic forum for shared learning and development. Their efforts were recognised by the RCM and UoB MidSoc were runners up at the RCM Awards 2014. The committee also introduced an annual ‘charity of the year’, which remains the focus for awareness and fundraising throughout events and study days for the coming academic year.
The society aspires to create inspirational study days and join national events that enhance knowledge, promote excellence and encourage diversity. Contemporary learning events with key speakers that facilitate the sharing of ideas, enable brave and passionate discussion, and inspire students and professionals alike.
“The impact of the society continues to grow momentum, creating a global village that empowers its individuals. This strength and passion leads to greater advocacy for women; best practice and informed choice; and committed and compassionate care for all”.
Did you face any challenges while setting up the society?
The UoB Midwifery Society constantly evolves by recruiting a new committee every year. This ensures its progression through the ever-developing world of midwifery and UoB cohorts.
This year (2016) the committee comprises of: Natalie Turner (President), Gemma Brice (Vice President BRI), Jess MacMillan (Vice President AGH) and Beth Bolton (Secretary).
The decision was made to have a UoB MidSoc representative at both Bradford Royal Infirmary and Airedale General Hospital, in order for the society to easily communicate with ALL UoB students whilst on practice placement and to reach working qualified professionals alike.
The new committees usually comprise of 2nd year students and is a voluntary, extracurricular activity. All members involved, past and present have found their involvement very rewarding.
However, heading up a midwifery society is not without its challenges! Events, study days, the Fresher’s Fair, membership sign up, hoodie design etc. must all be either organised or progressing before the new academic year begins in September. But this time enables the new committee to come together as a team, and discuss exactly what they would like to achieve.
We hope to reach all 3 cohorts with tailored study days and events but also provide events that would enhance the skill set of an already qualified midwife.
The charity of the year is put to the vote by the committee members. This year, we chose Mummy’s Star, a charity that supports women and their families through pregnancy, cancer diagnosis and beyond.
Did fellow students and department staff welcome the idea of a midwifery society?
The society has been lucky enough to have the full support of link lecturers, Faculty of Health Studies staff and would simply not be possible without the University of Bradford Student Union. Many Bradford University staff hold membership and attend social events and study days. This gives student members a unique chance to network with lecturers they may not otherwise have much contact with.
The society welcomes and encourages students from all colleges and universities and offers appropriate, dynamic events and study days, enabling a platform to access acclaimed and experienced speakers. Joining the society guarantees attendance to UoB MidSoc study days for a reduced entry price or even for free. For this reason, society membership has been well received by students across the North East.
We are especially keen to inform and recruit Access students and will be visiting various colleges in October. Our intention is to make sure the society is easily accessible by encouraging and welcoming enthusiasm at all levels.
September is an exciting time for the 1st year cohort, they are the next generation of midwives and their support is vital. We are proud to be able to provide UoB MidSoc welcome bags full of freebies at the Fresher’s Fair as an extra incentive, as well as details of how to order a UoB MidSoc hoodie!
What advice would you give any students thinking of starting a society?
We have been very lucky in that, UoB MidSoc is already a well-established society however, we do have a few tips:
Be prepared!! Come together as often and as early as possible before the academic year starts to discuss your ideas and get organised. We have benefited from the experience of our peers and listened to feedback given after previous events and have tailored our prospective events accordingly.
Don’t be afraid to email anybody and everybody! Often, experienced professionals, midwives or even regular people who have a unique story to tell, will freely share their wisdom and knowledge.
Shop around for the best deals if you are planning merchandise. Often there are very good deals available if thoroughly searched.
Lastly, reach for the stars! As a committee member, you have the unique position of organising and discussing topics surrounding your events with the midwifery Elite. Stand out!
ENCOURAGE . INSPIRE . EMPOWER
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