A midwife has received a Good Morning Britain award for her outstanding contribution to supporting bereaved parents.
The former Kingston University student midwife, Lydia Baker, won the Health Star Award courtesy of Good Morning Britain following her commitment to helping parents overcome baby loss.
Lydia was nominated by a new mother, who had suffered a stillbirth, who said Lydia had given her countless emotional support and specialist care.
Good Morning Britain presenters Piers Morgan and Susana Reid presented Lydia with the Health Star Award.
Upon receiving the award, she said: “It’s amazing to have been given the award – all for a job that I love. I will cherish it, but ultimately it is dedicated to all women and families that have needed the support during their darkest moments and gone on to have their rainbow babies – the term given to babies born to parents after experiencing a previous loss.”
Lydia studied at Kingston University from 2003 to 2006 following a recommendation from friends.
She then went on to working at Epsom and St Helier Hospital for 14 years.
“I was 19 years old and on a placement. I helped deliver a baby that was sadly born in poor condition. The baby died the next day and I was absolutely devastated. The family invited me to the funeral and ever since then I’ve had an interest in helping women who have experienced loss in their subsequent pregnancies,” she said.
Lydia took on the role supporting bereaved family as Labour Ward Coordinator, at whatever stage of gestation, when St Helier Hospital launched a dedicated bereavement midwifery service.
Since winning the Health Star Award, Lydia hopes to inspire young midwives that compassion is fundamental to midwifery.
“I encourage young midwives to not shy away from showing emotions. As human beings it is natural to feel somebody’s happiness or sadness. Our job is unique – we get to witness the full spectrum of life,” she added.
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