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University of Southampton Student Midwife Lydia Hook wins prestigious award

Published: 3 October 2017
Lydia Hook student midwife
Lydia Hook student midwife wins prestigious award

Lydia Hook, a student midwife at University of Southampton, has received an award from the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust to help fund an elective placement in a birthing centre in New Zealand.

The award was presented to Lydia by Baroness Cumberlege, patron of the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust and chair of the National Maternity Review, at an Award Celebration held at Bush House in London, former home of the BBC World Service.

Chair of Trustees at the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust, Sheena Byrom OBE said:

“We are delighted to present awards to all our worthy winners this year. The quality of the projects was extremely high and it is always difficult to choose which ones will be funded. We congratulate the hugely impressive work of the award winners. It is a privilege to be able to support such dedicated midwives and students”.

The newly elected President of the Royal College of Midwives, Kathryn Gutteridge, gave an inspirational talk on the meaning of being a midwife and the qualities of success.

Amongst the guests was Professor Jacqueline Dunkley Bent, Head of Maternity, Children and Young People at NHS England.

For more information contact Iolanthe Midwifery Trust Executive Director, Miranda Dodwell

Notes for Editors:

The Iolanthe Midwifery Trust is a charity which aims to promote and improve the care of mothers, babies and families through awarding grants and fellowships in support of midwifery education, practice and research.
A full list of 2017 award winners can be found at
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