The Royal College of Midwives in Wales will host the launch of a new student midwifery society tomorrow (Thursday 20th February) at the inauguration of its new high-profile office in Eastgate House, Cardiff.
The RCM’s Director for Wales Helen Rogers said: “We are delighted to be hosting the launch of the burgeoning Cardiff Midwifery Society. These students are our next generation of midwives and we need to support, mentor and encourage them.”
Chelsea Thomas, president of the newly-formed Cardiff Midwifery Society, said: “We are delighted to launch a new midwifery society today and are thrilled that the RCM is supporting us. With the popularity of Call the Midwife, we are seeing more and more students wanting to study midwifery and the demand for places is incredibly competitive. We want our society to provide local and national networking and professional development opportunities for our members.”
The burgeoning student society is part of a national trend in newly-formed midwifery societies across universities. Currently, it has 30 members, and has another 10 members awaiting to sign up, said Ms. Thomas.
Ms. Rogers added: “This will be a double celebration for us, as we are also launching our new eighth-floor location, which is ideal for our members and increases our visibility and accessibility and puts us in the heart of Cardiff. The refurbished high-profile reception area and larger meeting rooms will enable us to offer better services and resources, training and conferences for our members. .”
“We have been scouring the area for good- quality offices in the city centre and Eastgate House has delivered the ideal location for us within our budget, which will save money for our members.”
The new office will be officially opened by the RCM’s Chief Executive Cathy Warwick, the UK’s top midwife, and leader of the trade union and professional organization, representing more than 40,000 midwives. The RCM’s President Professor Lesley Page will present Helen Rogers with a crystal vase to mark the official opening of the office.