A student from the University of Salford has been named Student Midwife of the Year at the British Journal of Midwifery Practice Awards, the second time this year she has won a national accolade.
Paulina Ewa Sporek won the award for her work to improve the quality of maternity care for deaf women and their families. She set up the ‘Deaf Nest’ project which provides support and guidance through leaflets, visual aids, quick reference diagrams, flash cards and videos presented in British Sign Language. These materials will be made available on a website which is currently under development.
A study day for midwives, patients and other health professionals will be held to raise awareness of deaf issues, and Paulina is working in collaboration with fellow student Lukas Ziabka to produce a documentary about the challenges deaf people face in everyday life.
In January, Paulina won a Royal College of Midwives Award for the Deaf Nest project - the first time a student has won one of these prestigious awards since they were established 14 years ago.
Last month she also received a commendation by the Cavell Nurses’ Trust Scholarship in the Outstanding Student Midwife Award category.
Paulina said: “I truly believe Deaf Nest will improve deaf people’s experience, choice and control over maternity care. I would like to thank my biggest supporter, my partner Luis, without whom none of this would have been possible.”
The British Journal of Midwifery Awards ceremony took place on 5 March in London.