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‘Epilepsy Action wins best charity initiative at the RCM Annual Midwifery Awards 2016’

9 March, 2016

‘Epilepsy Action wins best charity initiative at the RCM Annual Midwifery Awards 2016’

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Epilepsy Actions ‘HealthE mum-to-be’ initiative has scooped the top prize  at The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards.

The organisation which is based  in Leeds promotes the interests of 600,000 people who live in the UK with epilepsy has won best charity initiative for their campaign HealthE mum-to-be.

The campaign which was initially launched in early 2013 has greatly improved the care, support and advice given to pregnant women with epilepsy.

Around 2,400 babies are born to women with epilepsy each year. Women with epilepsy and their unborn babies potentially face an increased risk of problems during pregnancy and birth.

As part of the HealthE mum-to-be campaign, Epilepsy Action also launched a series of resources to support midwives and health professionals enabling them to learn more about epilepsy and ensure women with epilepsy get the support and advice they need during pregnancy.

The team from Epilepsy Action were presented with their award at a ceremony in The Brewery, London on Tuesday 8th March 2016.  The RCM Annual Awards ceremony was hosted by BBC journalist and broadcaster Kate Silverton.

Cathy Warwick, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said; “I wish to congratulate the team at Epilepsy Action on winning this award. Their campaign has provided much invaluable support to women who are pregnant with epilepsy.”

“All pregnant women with epilepsy are classified as high risk and it’s vital they receive very specific care during their pregnancy. Epilepsy Actions campaign not only helped women but also enabled midwives and other health professionals to provide women with the very best support possible.”

“Their campaign is highly commendable and deserves to be recognised. I congratulate Epilepsy Action on their achievement and thank them for their dedication, skill and commitment to mothers, babies and their families.”

Louise Cousins, campaigns manager at Epilepsy Action, said the charity is delighted its work in helping women with epilepsy to have successful and healthy pregnancies has been recognised.

“Pregnancy is a life-changing experience for any mum, but for women with epilepsy it can be a difficult minefield to navigate. Managing sleepless nights and seizure control are just two of the many things to think about. The HealthE mum-to-be campaign is about ensuring women with epilepsy have access to the right information about contraception, conception and pregnancy.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have won this award which is for all the women with epilepsy who supported the campaign by sharing their stories to raise awareness. You are helping mums now and in the future to have beautiful, healthy babies and we could not do it without you, so thank you!”

 

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