Research funds for Catterline midwife

A Robert Gordon University (RGU) PhD student has received a funding award which will enable her to continue ground-breaking research into care for women who experience miscarriage.

Anne Marie Rennie, who is from Catterline and worked as a midwife in Stonehaven, has been awarded £1000 from the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust (IMT) which supports registered midwives in the UK who wish to undertake periods of professional education and development to enable them to improve midwifery practice.

Ms Rennie (52), who is also a midwifery lecturer at RGU, is in the final year of her studies and the funding will contribute to the write up phase of her PhD, which was originally funded by the university’s Institute of Health and Welfare Research (IHWR). Under the supervision of Dr Katrina Forbes-McKay, psychology lecturer in RGU’s School of Applied Social Studies, the research aims to examine how women adjust psychologically and will explore how best to support women following miscarriage. The study hopes to influence the provision of care for women following miscarriage and will be disseminated through professional journals and at conferences for the midwifery profession.

Ms Rennie said: “This award is a huge boost for my research which I hope will also inform the education of student midwives on how best to support women following miscarriage and also generate further collaborative research. In order for midwives to offer the very best care they need to develop innovative practice, progress their professional education and utilise research.

“My PhD builds upon the Research strategy developed at RGU and will enhance our understanding of psychological adjustment among women who experience miscarriage. It will also be of value in informing the development of appropriate interventions by health professionals. The award provides an exciting opportunity for me to develop both personally and professionally as I continue my research in an area where there are currently some gaps in specialist knowledge.”

Professor Helen Cheyne, chair of the trustees of the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust (IMT), said: “As in previous years, it has been overwhelming to read the applications we receive reflecting students’ enthusiasm and midwives’ desire to continue improving practice through research and education. In spite of ongoing economic restraint, in 2013 we have increased our overall funding so that we are helping 20 midwives and students to achieve their ambitions – in the confidence that their projects will be an investment in better hands-on care for women and their babies.”