There were cheers and congratulations on our Park campus today as the latest cohort of midwifery graduates celebrated reaching the end of their studies.
Although they officially graduate next year, University of Northampton midwifery staff gathered to say thank you for the hard work and dedication before the formally qualify.
During a full agenda, the newest additions to the profession were bid a fond farewell from their lecturers and mentors during a picnic outside what was their base building and were updated about the latest developments for midwifery in Northampton and the UK.
It wasn’t all downtime though, as the alumni continued their training with an important workshop into dealing with workplace stress.
Hollie Townley, who is the first Student Board member from the UK for the influential Florence Network in Europe, also updated about that appointment.
Tracey Barnfather, who is the University of Northampton’s Midwifery Subject Lead, chaired the event. She said: “Sometimes, it’s the smallest of things a midwife does that make a difference. I receive emails from parents all the time about the exceptional levels of care and compassion shown by our Midwives during what is a life-changing event for any mother or father.
“We have a strong tradition of training incredible midwives here and our latest graduates should feel as proud as I do about their achievements so far. A little gathering like this helps us to reflect on the past and present and say hello to the future.”
Helen Poole, University of Northampton’s Deputy Dean for the Faculty of Health and Society, echoed these thoughts: “As a mother myself, I fully appreciate the incredible job our newest midwives will go on to do. Congratulations to them all; they have made Northampton midwifery very proud.”