STUDENT midwives at the University of Huddersfield have set up their own society to organise special study days with visiting experts.
The Huddersfield Midwifery Society – initiated by second-year students Theresa Mason and Lauren Ramoth – was launched with a day of talks and discussions on breech births.
More than 60 students, lecturers and some independent midwives attended.
Norwich-based Shawn Walker, a leading specialist midwife in breech births, was a guest speaker.
The Huddersfield Midwifery Society has more events planned, including study days in April and May held in conjunction with SANDS, the charity that deals with issues and provides support surrounding still birth and neo-natal death.
Speakers will include parents from the locality who will describe how they coped with the loss of their child.
In September 2013, the Royal College of Midwives will collaborate with the Midwifery Society to host a study day dealing with the subject of normal births.
The Midwifery Society at the University was the brainchild of Theresa and Lauren, who explained that although it was possible to undergo supplementary training at special events held around the country, the cost of attending these was often prohibitive, and busy student midwives who were on work-placement could not always free up the time.