Midwife is honoured for dedication to teaching

    A MIDWIFE at Crowborough Birth Centre has been awarded a prestigious Fellowship from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).

    Aine Alam from Cranbrook received the national award at the RCM Zepherina Veitch Memorial Lecture in Oxford.

    The Birth Centre is part of the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust (MTW), and Aine has also worked at Tunbridge Wells Hospital’s obstetric unit.

    The Fellowship recognises Aine’s contributions to teaching and research. She is currently studying for a PhD in work-based learning at Middlesex University.

    She recently returned from a three-year sabbatical teaching midwives at the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Aga Khan University in Karachi, the first time that the Bachelor of Midwifery degree has been taught in an Asian country.

    Aine said: “I am indebted to the RCM for inspiring me to undertake international voluntary midwifery consultancy work. This was directly as a result of engagement with the RCM Global Midwifery Twinning Project.

    Jenny Cleary, MTW’s Head of Midwifery and Women’s Health, said: “I am delighted that Aine has received such an honour from the RCM.

    “She demonstrates a strong commitment at MTW ensuring that women in Kent and East Sussex receive a high quality service, and takes up every opportunity to share her wide knowledge and experience with junior staff.”

    Professor Lesley Page, the outgoing RCM President, said: “The Royal College of Midwives is delighted to award Áine this Fellowship. Her contributions to teaching and to the education of midwives is considerable.

    “She is a worthy recipient of this honour and I congratulate her heartily for these achievements, and I am sure, many more to come.”