A “household name” and leading London midwifery educator has been made an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Midwives.
Sue Macdonald received the honour for her outstanding contribution to midwifery and midwifery education throughout her extensive career, which spans three decades, the RCM said.
The college described Ms Macdonald as a “household name to all midwives” resulting from her role as the co-editor of Mayes Midwife: A Textbook for Midwives” – the resource relied upon by generations of student midwives in their development.
She has had a key role in evolving this textbook since work began on the 13th edition in 1999, with publication in 2004 and 2011.
Ms Macdonald first trained as a nurse at Guy’s Hospital, London, and worked in all areas of midwifery practice before moving into midwifery education, supporting student learning and development at all levels.
As a principal lecturer in midwifery/lead midwife for education at Middlesex University, she was credited with promoting inventive learning styles and developing a range of innovative curricula from pre-registration to Masters level. She also led midwifery research activity there.
Her international work involved a leading role in designing and operating the RCM and World Health Organization “Safe Motherhood Project, Educating the Educators” and working with the Macedonian Ministry of Health and Macedonian Association of Nurses and Midwives to develop the professional role of the midwife there.
As a member of the RCM, she has served as a branch secretary, branch chair and member of the college’s council as well as a stint as a college staff member between 2003 and 2012.
She is currently working on a PHD thesis in care and compassion in midwifery and providing consultancy work in midwifery.
Ms Macdonald said: “Becoming a midwife and serving mothers, babies and midwives has truly been my vocation. It has been an immense privilege to work as a midwife and midwifery educator.”
She added: “I am absolutely humbled by this accolade from my peers and the Royal College of Midwives. I feel honoured and privileged to receive this award and to have served the RCM’s members.”
RCM chief executive Cathy Warwick said: “Sue has been a role model and an inspiration to many generations of midwives and students.
“Her impact on the development of her profession and its standing has been substantial and considerable. She is a much deserved recipient of this award and was a huge asset to the RCM.”
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