Ahead of the 2019 International Day of the Midwife, UWS has today unveiled a unique piece of artwork at its Lanarkshire campus which celebrates past, present and future midwives across Scotland.
The UWS Midwifery Tree of Life, which is the first of its kind, has toured all 14 NHS Scotland health boards, collecting thumbprint leaves from midwives, students and educators along the way. For each thumbprint, a donation of £1 has been made to a newly-created UWS student midwife scholarship fund, with money also donated to the Royal College of Midwives’ Benevolent Fund.
It has been a unifying experience and a true celebration of the community of midwives across the country, with many taking time to document their experiences and memories in a book which appears alongside the Midwifery Tree of Life.
The Tree of Life is the brainchild of third-year UWS School of Health and Life Sciences midwifery student, Heather Gilchrist, who travelled over 4,000 miles last year to help this sapling of an idea grow into the proud and colourful tree on display today in The Street at UWS’ Lanarkshire campus.