Midwifery educator and academic Sue Macdonald has received one of the UK’s highest midwifery honours in becaming an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).
She was recognised for her outstanding contribution to midwifery and midwifery education throughout her extensive career at the RCM’s Annual Event at Edinburgh, Scotland last month [14 June].
After accepting the honour from RCM President Professor Lesley Page (pictured left),Sue 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 and to have such a positive and profound impact on the lives of mothers and babies and the next generation of midwives. 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.”
Promoted inventive midwifery techniques
She first trained as a nurse at Guy’s Hospital, London. She has worked in all areas of midwifery practice before moving into midwifery education, supporting student learning and development at all levels. As principal lecturer in midwifery/lead midwife for education at Middlesex University, London, she promoted inventive learning styles, and continued to develop a range of innovative curricula from pre-registration to Masters level, and led midwifery research activity within the midwifery and family Health academic group.
Her interests lie in the contribution and practice of midwifery academics, bringing theory and practice together, continuing professional education and development of midwives, reflective clinical practice work-based learning and innovative curriculum development across midwifery. She is a household name to all midwives, as she is the co-editor of “Mayes Midwife: A Textbook for Midwives”; the definitive resource relied upon by generations of student midwives in their development. Sue has had a key role in evolving this textbook since work began on the 13th edition in 1999, with publication in 2004 and 2011.
Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the RCM, added: “Sue was an outstanding RCM staff member. She 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.”