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Published: 28 February 2020

Kind, caring and incredible student midwife’ named finalist for national award

Maddy Taggart, an undergraduate midwifery student at the University of Surrey, has been shortlisted for the Royal College of Midwives Student Midwife of the Year award.

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The 22 year-old, who is completing her training at the Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust, has been praised by mothers-to-be as a ‘kind, caring and incredible midwife.’

Some of the feedback Maddy has received included a mother describing how she ‘helped to make something potentially traumatic into something absolutely wonderful’.

As Vice President of the Midwifery Society at the University of Surrey, Maddy was also commended on how she uses her role to support and encourage first year student midwives, as well as undertaking a peer simulation teaching role.

Maddy is one of only five finalists for this national award, which seeks to recognise an individual student midwife who makes an outstanding contribution to their future profession.

Louise Davies, Director of Studies for Midwifery at the University of Surrey, said: “Congratulations to Maddy on this tremendous achievement. Training to be a midwife is very demanding and I am proud that Maddy’s hard work and dedication has been recognised in this way.”

Maddy Taggart, said: “I am delighted to be a finalist for this award. Being a midwife has always been a dream of mine and it is such an honour to be a part of so many life changing moments with local families. I am looking forward to graduating and starting my career, and I am particularly grateful for all the opportunities from the RSCH and the university that have made such a difference.” 

Amy Stubbs, Deputy Director of Midwifery at Royal Surrey said: “Maddy is an exceptional student midwife and goes out of her way to ensure the ladies and their partners are reassured and informed about the whole process.

“We are delighted that she has been recognised for this award and wish her the best of luck for the ceremony.”

Maddy will find out if she has been successful at a glittering ceremony held at The Brewery, London, on Tuesday 5 May.

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