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The Iolanthe Trust

For many midwives The Iolanthe Midwifery Trust has transformed their lives, supporting them in achieving their dreams and aspirations. For over 30 years the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust has helped nearly 400 midwives develop and broaden their skills and knowledge through bursaries, fellowships and special awards.

Midwives are the only professionals who have legal responsibility for the safety of all mothers and babies during normal childbirth in Britain. They deliver more than 75 percent of all the babies born in the UK each year. Anyone who has ever had a child will understand the total trust and confidence that a mother places in the midwife. Her life and her baby’s life are in their hands. A woman never forgets the midwife who delivers her baby. In order for midwives to offer the very best care they need to develop innovative practice, progress their professional education and conduct research. This is made possible through the work of the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust.

Each year the Trust invites applications for a number of awards. The awards are advertised in the midwifery press in November/December and applications should be submitted by the closing date in January. The completed applications are assessed for quality by a panel of professionals and then recommendations are made to the Trustees. Individuals or projects that score the highest are awarded in the autumn. Our reports contain further details of the Trust’s work.

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