Emma’s Diary Mums’ Midwife of the Year Award winners for 2019 have been announced.
The overall winner of Emma’s Diary Mums’ Midwife of the Year, will be announced on Tuesday 5th March at The RCM Annual Midwifery Awards, London.
The award provides an opportunity for women to thank their midwives from across the UK for the support and care they provide throughout pregnancy and parenthood.
The results are now in and the following winners are:
London – Kelly Sawyer
Kelly was nominated by Kasia. Kasia said: “From the first moment I met my midwife Kelly, through to the birth and even after care, Kelly was amazing. She really got to know both me and my family which I am so thankful for.
“Kelly always made sure I knew she was only a phone call away which is really reassuring.”
The Midlands – Mary McGillivray
Mary was nominated by Sophie. Sophie said: “Mary had a very calm nature about her throughout my whole pregnancy. Don’t get me wrong, she was incredibly professional but I felt I could ask her anything at any time.
“Mary always made sure she spent time explaining all of my options when it came to choosing where I wanted to give birth and pain relief options etc.”
The North – Tina Grantham
Tina was nominated by Hannah. Hannah said: “I first met Tina at my booking appointment where she explained that she would not be my community midwife on-going as she was going back on the labour ward. But said, you never know we may meet again when you come in to deliver.
“Fast forward and that’s exactly what happened. But it was not the birth I had planned.
“Tina came on shift at 8am and was my designated midwife. She was there when the consultant came to tell me that I would be having my baby that day by c-section. She stayed focused on me when I was crying in shock and worried for my unborn daughter having to be born too early. She made sure I understood what was going on whilst protecting me from the seriousness of my condition.”
Northern Ireland – Brenda McCabe
Brenda was nominated by Sarah. Sarah said: “I was lucky enough to receive Brenda’s care both in hospital at the vaginal birth after c-section clinic she runs and also in community – receiving both antenatal and postnatal care.
“As a mother with a physical disability who used a wheelchair, I have frequently come up against a lack of knowledge and a resistance among health care professionals as pregnancy with a physical disability is not “norm”.
“Yet Brenda’s attitude and approach were a breath of fresh air. Not only was she completely un-phased by any potential complications as a result of my disability but she went out of her way to research with me and then assure me that there was no reason whatsoever that my baby’s birth could not be an amazing, magical experience.”
Scotland – Maureen McSherry
Maureen was nominated by Laura. Laura said: “Upon finding out at my 12-week scan we were expecting twins (two sacs, two placentas) I was told at the time I would be attending the twin clinic at the hospital from now on for all checks etc. This immediately set me on edge. I hate hospitals as I had many bad experiences including the birth of our first child which left me traumatised.
“Upon explaining to Maureen that I didn’t want to have any of my antenatal checks at the hospital and instead wanted to remain with my community team – she made it all happen!”
The South – Karin Rigden
Karin was nominated by Lynn. Lynn said: “I have Tokophobia and anxiety issues in medical situations but throughout my pregnancy and birth of my daughter I have been astounded by the care, understanding, knowledge and support given to me by my midwife Karin – the level of which vastly exceeded her duty as a community midwife.
“Without her personal support, her knowledge of mental health issues and knowledge of the NHS for referrals to other support networks, I would not have the new family I have today.”
Wales – Emma Thomas
Emma was nominated by mum Emma. Emma said: “After 9 years of infertility, IVF and miscarriage, I was extremely anxious in my twin pregnancy. My midwife Emma went over and above to support me, put my mind at ease and never once made me feel like I was a nuisance. She allowed me to come to clinic whenever I needed reassurance checks, would drop me a text now and then to check on me and was always ready to listen to my most outrageous fears.
“She gave wonderful advice and always ready with a cuddle when I needed one.”
The list of the winners and their full stories can be found here.
Emma’s Dairy Mums’ Midwife of the Year award is part of the RCM Awards 2019 which will be held Tuesday 5 March 2019.
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