A midwife from Nottingham City Hospital has won a prestigious award for helping a mother bond with her baby.
Midwife Laura Askins has been recognised as Emma’s Diary Mums’ Midwife of the Year 2017 for the Midlands region, as part of the annual Royal College of Midwives Awards.
She was nominated by Forida Choudhury who suffered hyperemesis gravidarum throughout her pregnancy and was supported by Laura at Nottingham City Hospital.
When Forida Choudhury’s child, Yahiya, was born, Laura support her in helping her bond with her baby.
Speaking to the Nottingham Post, Forida said: “Laura’s support, understanding and beautiful personality helped me get through some very dark and lonely times.
“She gave me the strength I needed when I wanted to give up, and the confidence I was lacking to become a good mum to my baby.”
When Laura found out she won the award, she told the local newspaper she was “overwhelmed” to be even be nominated.
“I feel completely overwhelmed to have been nominated for this award, and then go on to win for the Midlands region is just fantastic.
“It has made me realise how much a midwife can be appreciated and what a difference we can make to someone’s life,” she said.
Hundreds of nominations were submitted to Emma’s Diary, a charity providing support for mums and mums-to-be, which were then shortlisted down to the UK’s regional winners.
The RCM Annual Midwifery Awards 2017 will be held Tuesday 7 March at The Brewery in London.
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