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Student midwife rewarded for work on natural childbirth

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A midwifery student has won a prestigious award for her initiatives to support a more natural childbirth experience for mothers.

Sarah Clarke, 28, received the RCM Student Vision Award, for her presentation on the importance of midwives taking part in Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) training to reduce maternal mortality rates.

In her article for the award category, Ms Clarke argued that midwives should support women to give birth to their babies naturally with minimal intervention.

‘I feel that mothers who experience too many interventions feel a lack of control. It can be quite scary and emotional. Studies have shown that once you start intervening, the outcome is worse, both for the mother and the baby,’ she said.

Ms Clarke, who is a student midwife at Northumbria University, will receive a £250 award, a glass trophy and an official certificate from the RCM.

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