Honorary PhD for Dr Sheena's life's work

Dr Sheena Byrom. (s)
Dr Sheena Byrom. (s)

A decorated Whalley midwife picked up the latest in a long line of accolades when she was awarded an honorary PhD from Bournemouth University.

Sheena Byrom, author of the celebrated Catching Babies and The Roar Behind The Silence books has enjoyed a long and varied career in all aspects of midwifery.

One of the UK’s first consultant midwives, Sheena successfully led the development of the three birthing centres in East Lancashire. She also received an honorary fellowship from, and is a board member at, the Royal College of Midwives, and received an OBE in 2011 for services to midwifery.

An active lobbyist and advocate for maternity services, Sheena regularly campaigns for improvements to services via social media and uses her high profile to regularly effect change.

She speaks nationally and internationally on midwifery and childbirth related topics along with extolling the benefits of social media as way of sharing information within the profession.

The university’s citation stated: “Providing an honorary award to Sheena will recognise her significant contribution to compassionate care, something that is at the heart of Bournmouth University education. The added benefit for the university will be the recognition that this will bring to our humanising work.”

Sheena said: “I was completely surprised and overwhelmed to receive news of the doctorate and thrilled to be invited along with all my family to accept it.

“It’s just really good for the profession – I never completed my early education, but my passion for the job and experience along the way shows that anything is possible. It’s a complete honour to receive it.”