USA trip for midwife

Julie Haigh, next to Natasha Kaplinsky, at the Royal College of Midwives' (RCM) Annual Awards

Julie Haigh, next to Natasha Kaplinsky, at the Royal College of Midwives' (RCM) Annual Awards

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A LOCAL student has won one of the UK’s top midwifery prizes for her work in challenging new ways of childbirth.

Julie Haigh, 41, has scooped one of three Pampers’ Student Vision awards at the Royal College of Midwives’ (RCM) Annual Awards.

The mother-of-one, who will qualify in September, had impressed, judges with her efforts in questioning changes to the birthing process, and wins a trip to New York to see how American midwives work.

She challenged Leigh MP and shadow health secretary Andy Burnham on a recent report suggesting volunteers support women in labour.

She also challenged the closure of some maternity wards and recommendations that women should have the right to a caesarean, without knowing about the risks.

She said: “This was an opportunity for students to look at midwifery from a different angle and challenge things that are happening.