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National Student Midwife Debate 2019

Home News Latest News National Student Midwife Debate 2019
December 06, 2019

The NMBI National Student Midwife Debate 2019 took place on Friday, November 29 in the National University of Ireland, Galway.

The NMBI National Student Midwife Debate 2019 took place on Friday, November 29 at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Over 90 people were in attendance with many more live streaming the event.

Jennifer Bulbulia, Barrister & PhD candidate in Psychology, delivered the keynote speech at the event.
The motion for debate was: "This house believes that midwifery skills are being lost as technology is promoted in all stages of pregnancy labour and birth.”

The winning team of Simone Lepage, Student Midwife NUI Galway, Erica Fenner UCD and Clara Devine UCD debated against the motion. They were challenged by Ellen Mc Carragher, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Lily O’Shea, Hitchen University of Limerick, Bridie Abu, TCD who debated in favour of the motion. 

Declan Devane, Professor of Midwifery at National University of Ireland, Galway hosted the event with Siobhan Canny Group Director of Midwifery, Saolta moderating the debate.

Margaret Coohill, Practice Development Midwife at Galway University Hospital was thanked for her many years of service to midwifery education and to student midwives. She will be retiring at the end of the year having provided students with support and encouragement throughout her career.

Pictured Left to Right: Simone Lepage (NUI Galway), Erica Fenner (UCD), Clara Devine (UCD), Essene Cassidy President NMBI, Ellen Mc Carragher (Dundalk Institute of Technology), Lily O’Shea (Hitchen University of Limerick) and Bridie Abu (TCD).

The prize for overall best speaker went to Simone Lepage.

Sheila McClelland CEO of NMBI pictured with Simone Lepage 

Pictured from left to right at the event are: 

Back Row: Prof Declan Devane, Angela Dunne, Director of Midwifery Women’s and Infants Programme, Siobhan Canny, Group Director of Midwifery Saolta Hospital Group, Sheila McClelland, CEO NMBI, Essene Cassidy, President NMBI, Tara Durkin, Cuidiu Galway, Jenny Bulbulia, Key Note Speaker, Mary Dunnion, Chief Inspector of Social Services and Director of Regulation HIQA.

Front Row: Jean Kelly, Group Director of Nursing and Midwifery Saolta, Dawn Johnston Director of Midwifery NMBI, Denise Lawler, Chair of Midwives Committee NMBI, Margaret Quigley, National Lead for Midwifery ONMSD  

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