Magnificent Midwifery: Maeva’s success in winning Award at the Midlands Maternity and Midwifery Festival 2020

Posted by cc576 at Sep 04, 2020 06:17 PM |
Maeva Kamtcheu wins the Student Midwife Award in her second year of study at Leicester

We would like to congratulate Maeva Kamtcheu, a second-year student who is studying Midwifery, under the university’s pioneering four-year undergraduate Master in Science Midwifery with Leadership programme. She recently won the Midlands Maternity and Midwifery Festival 2020 Student Midwife Award, which was presented to Maeva on Tuesday 14 July 2020. We spoke to both Maeva on her win and to her tutor Professor, Dr Jayne Marshall about the nomination process and Maeva’s achievements thus far.

Being nominated for an award and going on to win is always a shock. It demonstrates, and is an example of hard work, time, and effort being rewarded and recognised. Maeva’s initial reaction to the news as Maeva explains, “I couldn’t believe my eyes!”

The initial nomination category specified that the nomination be awarded to recognise an individual student midwife in training or a newly qualified trained midwife, post or pre- qualification, for their contribution or achievement in midwifery or maternity practice while in training.

"On the 8th of July, I received a phone call from my personal tutor. This did not alarm me because I often do; especially when there is an opportunity/ job she’d like me to partake in. To my surprise she asked me to check my emails; although she wouldn’t tell me what it was about. I noticed I had received an email from the programme development manager of the Midlands Maternity and Midwifery Festival a few minutes before. They were informing and congratulating me of my nomination and huge win!”.

Professor Jayne Marshall, Maeva’s personal tutor, had submitted Maeva’s nomination commenting that: “Maeva was nominated for this Award for her outstanding contribution to the Midwifery programme and local maternity services.”

Maeva reflected on her first year of study at Leicester, having previously attended the festival during this time, and expressed her feelings regarding her win. “I enjoyed the festival so much and remember saying to myself that one day I’ll win one of their awards. My tutor then went on to congratulate me and tell me how proud she is of me and my achievements ever since I started the course. We both agreed that there will be many more to come”.

Maeva continued: “Winning this award was an amazing way of closing my teenage years as I turned 20 the next day. It reinforced my beliefs in myself and abilities to achieve my dreams within midwifery and in life. After winning my university’s Student Voice Award for Outstanding Contribution of the year, I did not think my second year could end in a better way. This second award however is the proof that my efforts were recognised; for which I am grateful.”

Prior to her winning the Midlands Maternity and Midwifery Festival 2020 Student Midwife Award, Maeva was contacted notifying her of her University of Leicester Student Union Voice 2020 Award nomination. “I was requested to record a 10-15 seconds video that would be streamed at the event in case I won. This was my first ‘university award nomination’ and although I was excited, it was still nerve racking to be one of those shortlisted. On the day of the award ceremony, I was watching the virtual event with my family who seemed more nervous that I was (bless them). Once they announced that I was the winner for my category: Outstanding Contribution, I was very pleased with my achievement. My family, the other girls on the course, and lecturers proceeded to congratulate me. Receiving congratulations from the midwifery department the Head of the College of Life Sciences made winning these awards even more remarkable!”

Professor Jayne Marshall commented on Maeva’s nomination and win of her first award, University of Leicester Student Union Voice Award, and why she was a deserving candidate. “As a UniBuddy Student Ambassador and peer mentor, Maeva is an ideal role model for students to emulate. She is not only dedicated to her studies but also to clinical midwifery practice where she is a well-respected student midwife who readily provides a high standard of care to childbearing women and their newborn babies.”

“I dedicate my award to all the people who are and/or have been at the hands of injustices all over the world; especially those ravaged on the African continent. I stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and believe that this is a pivotal moment in history. Within midwifery, may we continue to change lives one family at a time and soon enough find solutions to prevent black women from being 5x more likely to die in pregnancy. I look forward to what the future holds, but I know my journey in midwifery is just commencing”.

We are delighted at Maeva’s achievements, and we look forward to hearing of future successes in her journey to becoming a Midwife.

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