By: 27 December 2019
Midwifery student Kia nominated for national healthcare award

A Midwifery student’s top-level care for babies and families has been recognised with a nomination for a national healthcare award.

Kia Beeby-Parnham – who comes from Nottingham – has joined four of her peers who could be named ‘Student Midwife of the Year’ by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) in 2020.

The RCM awards recognise, celebrate and reward achievements in midwifery across the UK, including those of students like Kia who have made a difference for the families in their care.

Kia, who is in the final year of her degree, said of her nomination: “I found out I was being put forward for shortlisting in September, which was really lovely news to start my last student year.

“I never expected to get an actual nomination so I feel a bit overwhelmed by it. But I love making that connection with the women and families I meet and caring for them at such an important time in their lives, it’s my favourite part of the job. It’s such an honour to be nominated by the RCM for this.”

Sarah Coiffait, Clinical Placement Support (Midwifery) at Northampton General Hospital, added: “I nominated Kia because she cares about the women and families she meets and is able to prioritise their needs in a very empathetic way.

“Kia has also been involved in re-establishing the University of Northampton Midwifery Society and has started to arrange several study days for the student midwives. She is also a really good role model having acted as a midwifery ambassador, promoting the profession to young people.”