SERIES 2: Episode 2 - Breaking through despite the odds

Updated: Oct 2, 2020

In this second episode of the new Midwifery Hour series, Dame Elizabeth Anionwu talks about her early life, her experiences as a young nurse, the issues that are dear to her heart, her optimism for the future and why bullying caused her to drop out of midwifery studies.

This episode of the Maternity & Midwifery Hour – proudly supported by MATFLIX – focused on Breaking through despite the odds.

Host Sue Macdonald (Co-editor, Mayes Midwifery textbook) was joined by Professor Dame Elizabeth N Anionwu DBE CBE (Emeritus Professor of Nursing, University of West London; Patron, Sickle Cell Society; Vice-President, CPHVA; Patron, Nigerian Nurses Charitable Association UK and Life Patron, Mary Seacole Trust).

Dame Elizabeth relates stories, based on her memoirs, of growing up in care, nursing and being a student midwife. She links to the challenges of everyday practice and Sue and Elizabeth provide up-to-date information and relevant discussion on how bullying has affected midwifery practice, reflecting on Elizabeth's early life and barriers she has overcome in her career. In answering online questions, she provides pointers to current students and qualified staff on how to cope with difficult cultures and behaviours.

Watch the Maternity & Midwifery Hour highlights now:

Professor Dame Elizabeth N Anionwu DBE CBE

Sue Macdonald

You can listen to the episode on your podcast app of choice: Spotify, Apple Podcasts or Anchor.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: The next episode will be hosted by Sue Macdonald, will go out LIVE via the Maternity and Midwifery Facebook here.

Register your place here for Episode 3.

See all references and resources from Series 1 and 2 here.

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