A tree of thumbprints representing past, present or future midwives in Scotland - known as the Tree of Life - recently visited the Western Isles Hospital, where local midwives added their own prints to the tree.

Heather Gilchrist a second year MSc Student Midwife, launched the UWS (University of the West of Scotland’s) Tree of Life Campaign during her recent remote and rural placement in Dunoon.

Heather conceived the idea of growing a tree of thumbprints where each print represents a past, present or future midwife in Scotland. The Tree is currently off on its rounds across the 14 Health Boards in Scotland, capturing thumbprints and donations as it circulates.

Donations made to the project will be split between the Royal College of Midwives Benevolent Fund and a scholarship fund supporting student midwives to undertake elective placements. The Tree will return to Paisley Campus and be available to view during the annual International Day of the Midwife Celebrations which will be held at the University on Wednesday 2nd May 2018.

Further information on the project can be found on the UWS Tree of Life Facebook page or follow @UWSTreeofLife on Twitter.  NHS Western isles says looks to be a fabulous project bringing communities of midwives together to celebrate their role, whilst raising funds for some great causes.