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Remembering Lucy Bannister

02 April 2018
Volume 26 · Issue 4


This column is traditionally given to BJM's Student Midwife of the Year. As this year's award was presented posthumously, Lucy's friends and colleagues have been invited to share their memories

Lucy Bannister began her journey as a student midwife at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) in September 2014. Lucy worked hard to succeed in her studies and clinical placements, and was instrumental in the creation of the midwifery society, CCSU MidSoc. Lucy was innovative and believed in owning her learning, but also that peer learning offered so much. She put her beliefs into practice and dedicated her time to supporting other students.

I first met Lucy before my first hospital placement. Lucy was in her second year, and took the time to listen to my questions, offer advice and settle my nerves with her kind and reassuring words. It was clear that Lucy was an extraordinary woman and the type of midwife I wanted to emulate. My feelings were confirmed when I was fortunate enough to witness Lucy attend a birth. Her ability, confidence and way of being ‘with woman’ made it immediately apparent that she would make an incredible midwife.

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