Coventry University midwife awarded national honour

Sally Pezaro
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Thursday 18 March 2021

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A Coventry University academic has received a prestigious Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Fellowship for her inspiring midwifery research.

Sally Pezaro is a lecturer in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health and Associate Researcher for the Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities and received the award at the RCM’s virtual Education Conference on 16th March.

The RCM Fellowship has been awarded to Sally for her ground-breaking midwifery research in areas such as domestic abuse, workplace stress, and into hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, a connective tissue disorder that can cause complications in pregnancy. Sally is focused on ensuring that midwifery research has a real-world impact on the care that people receive in maternity services. She is also a founder of an online learning course on domestic violence and abuse which is used by maternity staff and birth workers globally.

I am honoured and humbled to receive this prestigious award and to become a fellow of The Royal College Midwives. I am inspired by my clinical and academic colleagues every day as we all strive for excellence in the profession. I am now excited by what we may achieve together as this fellowship brings forward new opportunities. The best is certainly yet to come.

Dr Sally Pezaro, lecturer in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health

Sally’s research work is so important because it has a direct impact on the safety and quality of care for women and birthing people, because research underpins the work that midwives do on the frontline of care. It is because of the work of midwives like Sally that the UK has one of the best maternity services in the world, with an incredibly skilled midwifery workforce. I congratulate Sally and the RCM is delighted to be able to put her work and achievements in the spotlight.

Gill Walton, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives

Sally qualified as a midwife in 2007 and her career has taken her from working in a homebirth team, through a PhD in midwifery workplace health and wellbeing, through to her current role. She also has a national role as a panellist on the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Investigating Committee.