"A true role model" - Bexleyheath mum swaps bank for babies in award-winning career change
PUBLISHED: 16:25 15 February 2016 | UPDATED: 16:25 15 February 2016
The mother of two has won a student midwife award
A Bexleyheath mum-of-two has picked up a national award, after changing her career of 23 years to work as a midwife.
Heidi Stone won the British Journal of Midwifery’s Student Midwife of the Year award after moving away from her job in banking.
After spending 23 years in banking, Ms Stone decided to change her career and become a midwife.
She was nominated for the ward by a senior member at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, Vikki Coleman.
She described Mrs Stone as “a true role model of what a student midwife and a midwife of tomorrow should be.”
Posters offering birth advice designed by Mrs Stone are now on display in two hospitals.
Mrs Stone said: “I decided I wanted to change my career and become a midwife after the births of my two children – Jasmine, now 10, and seven-year-old Ben.
“I managed to take an A-level in Health & Social Care while still working at the bank and went on to complete a university Access course at Greenwich Community College.
“Those achievements, and lots of volunteering, helped me gain a place on the BSc (Hons) Midwifery programme at the university on my first attempt.”