USW student honoured at awards ceremony

Bethan Jones was recognised at The Maternity and Midwifery Forum Awards

Bethan Jones was recognised at The Maternity and Midwifery Forum Awards


A University of South Wales (USW) student midwife was honoured at the inaugural Wales & South West Maternity & Midwifery Festival Awards last week.

Recent graduate Bethan Jones was recognised as Student Midwife of the Year at The Maternity and Midwifery Forum Awards, which took place at Cardiff City Stadium.

Among the other winners on the day were Emma Mills, Clinical Research Midwife, and Louise Taylor, Consultant Midwife, of the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board;  and Suzanne Hardacre, Head of Midwifery and Senior Nurse, University Hospital of Wales.

The awards were presented by Conference chair and Midwifery Consultant, Sue Macdonald, alongside keynote speaker Professor Jean White CBE, Chief Nursing Officer, Welsh Government.

Discussing the awards Sue said “This was the first Wales & South West Maternity & Midwifery Festival, and I was delighted to be part of awarding these very special MMF Awards.

“This is a way of recognising the talent, motivation and excellence of midwives and student midwives involved in the Welsh and South West Maternity Services.

“Midwives tend to be modest, are always busy, and don’t usually shout about what they do, and so it is great to be able to highlight the winners, and the commended individuals and teams.   

“The standard of submission was fantastic, so our judges had to work hard to select the winners, including a fantastic student midwife, a visionary and supportive midwife manager, an innovative education team and a creative individual midwife.”