One of our student midwives has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award thanks to her ‘perfect and reassuring demeanor’ during even the most challenging of births.
Maddy Taggart, an undergraduate midwifery student at the University of Surrey, completing her training at Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust, has been praised by mothers-to-be as a ‘kind, caring and incredible midwife.’
The 22 year-old has been recognised after being named a finalist for the Royal College of Midwives Student Midwife of the Year award.
Some of the feedback Maddy has received included a mother describing how she ‘helped to make something potentially traumatic into something absolutely wonderful’.
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.
As part of her last placement, Maddy followed one mother from start to finish of her pregnancy journey and delivered her baby daughter in a harmonious home birth.
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.
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 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 Trust and the University that have made such a difference.”
Maddy will find out if she has been successful at a glittering ceremony held at The Brewery, London, on Tuesday 5 May.