Mari is named Midwifery Mentor of the Year

A Midwife working in Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University (ABMU) Health Board has been named as Swansea University’s Midwifery Mentor of the Year.

Mari Davies midwifery mentor of the yearMari Davies, who is from Porthcawl and works on the maternity Unit at Bridgend’s Princess of Wales Hospital was presented with her award by Susanne Darra, Head of Midwifery Education at Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences and Jane Phillips, Interim, Head of Midwifery for ABMU Health Board during her shift on 10th December.

Mari was nominated by final year Swansea University Midwifery student, Annmarie Thomas.  In her nomination, Annmarie said: “Mari was my mentor during my first placement within the obstetric labour ward environment. During our shifts together, Mari pursued opportunities to increase my learning.  I truly feel that she placed a confidence in me that has grown from that particular placement onwards.

“She is fantastic with the women in her care and made my placement a great learning experience. I don’t think Mari realises how much of an amazing teacher she is.  I achieved a great grade during my placement with her and she took no credit for my success, even though she had helped me to grow and achieve my objectives to such a good standard. 

“Mari deserves every bit of recognition for her exceptional mentorship.  I feel that I could not miss this opportunity to share how important a role she plays in a student’s progress and to thank her for everything that she has done for me.  She has gone above and beyond for me as a student, just as she always does for the women within her care.” 

Mari said: “I initially felt completely overwhelmed and surprised at winning, but I am delighted and privileged to win such as prestigious award.  

“Mentorship is a role of the midwife, and one which i am very passionate about, especially when their transition from novice to qualified practitioner is observed.  I always endeavour to be approachable and supportive which may have been contributing factors to my nomination.”

Jane Phillips said she was delighted by Mari’s success, saying: “The importance of role of a mentor cannot be underestimated in terms of supporting learning, encouraging and motivating students which ultimately results in shaping the future of the midwifery profession. This award is well deserved!”