Date of release: Friday, February 12, 2016
Greenwich undergraduate Heidi Stone has won the British Journal of Midwifery Student Midwife of the Year Award.
Mother-of-two Heidi, of Bexleyheath, is currently completing her clinical practice at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust.
Vikki Coleman, the trust's Midwifery Practice Based Clinical Facilitator, nominated Heidi for the award. She describes her as "a true role model of what a student midwife and a midwife of tomorrow should be".
Heidi, who received her award on Monday 8 February, says: "I am thrilled. I never expected to win. It's a massive achievement and I can't wait to start my career in the profession I love.
"Greenwich is a wonderful university and I'm privileged to have studied there – the lecturers are first class and are always there to support and guide you. My mentors in the community and hospital are amazing too."
During her placement with the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, Heidi took the initiative of designing a series of posters in support of the Royal College of Midwives' national Campaign for Normal Birth.
The posters inform expectant mothers about how their posture affects the three stages of labour, and describe a physiological approach to delivery without routine use of drugs and other common clinical interventions. They are now on display in the delivery areas at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, and University Hospital, Lewisham.
Following her award, Heidi will be contributing a monthly article to the British Journal of Midwifery and sharing her thoughts about the profession and midwifery practice.
Heidi left school aged 16 and worked in banking for 23 years. She says: "I decided I wanted to change career and become a midwife after the births of my two children. I managed to take an A-level in Health & Social Care, while still working at the bank, and went on to complete a university access course.
"Those achievements, and lots of volunteering, helped me gain a place on the BSc (Hons) Midwifery programme at the university on my first attempt."
The nomination was supported by Mandy Stevenson, Midwifery Programme Leader in the Faculty of Education & Health at the university.
Midwifery education at Greenwich is viewed as among the best in the London, attracting more than 1,500 applications for the 80 available places each academic year.
Heidi is following in the footsteps of former Greenwich student Jade Rankine, who won the award in 2011.
Picture: Heidi Stone at the awards ceremony.