Midwifery student Flora wins funding for foreign elective

A midwifery student from Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences will travel to Nepal this month thanks to an award from the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust.

Flora Cheetham, who is from Brecon and is in the second year of her degree, will take a two-week midwifery elective in Pokhara, Nepal after securing an Iolanthe Student Award.

The Iolanthe Midwifery Trust aims to promote and improve the care of mothers, babies and families through awarding grants and fellowships in support of midwifery education, practice and research.

Flora said: “I first heard about Iolanthe Scholarships during a midwifery lecture. I had to write a proposal for the scholarship including details of why I wanted to go to Nepal and how it would benefit my midwifery practice. All of my community placements have been in South Powys where there is a large Nepalese community, because of the Gurkha regiment based there, so I wish to improve my understanding of their birth cultures as this is where I hope to gain future employment. 

“I am doing the two week placement in a teaching hospital in Pokhara, Nepal, with Work the World, a company that offers elective placements all over the world.  

“I have applied to other trusts and have also received funding from The North Weir Trust and The Rotary Club. I'm very excited. I never thought it would actually become a reality.”

Dr Sarah Norris, Lead for Midwifery Education at Swansea, said: “I am delighted to hear of Flora’s success in achieving this prestigious, UK wide award from the Iolanthe Trust, she has done exceptionally well to win. The experience of visiting Nepal will enhance her knowledge and practice and will be of great benefit to her in the future as a midwife. Well done Flora.”