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16 March, 2018

A midwife from Derby has won one of the UK’s top midwifery awards for her project to support newly qualified midwives at the trust. Kristen Goodall has scooped the JOHNSON’S® Excellence in Midwifery Education, Learning and Research Award at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Awards.

14 March, 2018

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has today responded to a new report on infant mortality published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Commenting, Gill Walton Chief Executive at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) said; “Any increase is a real concern and we must see more steps taken to reverse this.

“The regional variations in rates are worrying. Trusts and regions must look to other areas where there are improvements being made to see why they are not doing as well, and to learn from those areas so that the regional variations are lessened.

14 March, 2018

Excessive workloads and lack of resources are leading to burn-out and high stress levels in midwives and other maternity staff according to a new survey from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM). The survey is part of the RCM’s Caring for You campaign and follows a similar survey by the RCM in 2016.

14 March, 2018

A midwife from NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde has won one of the UK’s top midwifery prizes at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Awards last week. Lisa Allan is a joint winner of the RCM Members’ Champion Award sponsored by Thompsons Solicitors, for her work as a RCM union representative-

14 March, 2018

Two midwives from Glasgow have won one of the UK’s top midwifery awards for their project to keep mothers and their babies together after birth. Mary Hannaway and Rhona Wilson have scooped the JOHNSON’S® Award for Excellence in Maternity Care at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM)  Annual Awards.

13 March, 2018

A health and social care partnership programme to help expectant mothers has scooped first place in a national award. Melissa Simpson, the Doncaster Children’s Services Trust lead on the multi-agency Pregnancy Liaison Meeting (PLM) team and the scheme’s founder, and  Debbie Rees-Pollard, midwife at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals, scooped the Partnership Working award sponsored by Slimming World at the Royal College of Midwives 2018 awards.

13 March, 2018

A student midwife from Sheffield Hallam University has been named Pregnacare® Student Midwife of the Year at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards 2018.

Gemma Ford was presented with her award at a prestigious ceremony in London on March 6th by Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins.

The Pregnacare® student midwife of the year award recognises an individual student midwife who makes an outstanding contribution to their future profession. This accolade is awarded to a student midwife who acts as an advocate for midwifery role model to other students.

Throughout her time at Sheffield Hallam University Gemma has been an ambassador for midwifery education and inspired and supported many students returning to university as well as first time entrants to midwifery courses. Gemma is also president of the current student midwifery society and earlier this year has devised and held collaborative learning events with medical students from other local universities to improve multi-disciplinary learning and training between midwives, obstetricians and gynaecologists.

9 March, 2018

Following media reports today about a possible pay deal for NHS staff.

Commenting on this, Jon Skewes, Director for Employment Relations and Communications at the Royal College of Midwives, said “The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and other health unions are in these pay negotiations, and working hard to get a good deal for our members and for our NHS.
 

9 March, 2018

A midwife from North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust in London has won a prestigious award for her bereavement care service.

The Snowdrop Service run by bereavement Michelle Lynch and other healthcare professionals from the Trust and was established two years ago. The bereavement care service was developed in close collaboration with bereaved parents and clinical staff, to provide a comprehensive and compassionate clinical service supporting families through childbearing bereavement and any subsequent pregnancies.

Midwife Michelle Lynch was presented with her award by Good Morning Britain news presenter Charlotte Hawkins at a glittering awards ceremony held at The Brewery in London earlier this week (Tuesday March 6th).

The Sands Award for Bereavement Care is awarded to midwives, MSWs and maternity teams who have demonstrated a strong commitment to delivering excellent bereavement care and to those who have developed initiatives to improve bereavement care and over the past two years The Snowdrop Service has done this.

This service now offers mothers and families a postnatal appointment at home if preferred, they also run a fetal clinic supporting families with lethal pre-natal diagnoses and care-planning for meeting their baby, support 'surgeries' and monthly support coffee mornings for EPAU patients.

9 March, 2018

Midwives from a specialist team at Whipps Cross University Hospital in London are celebrating having been named the ‘Lansinoh maternity team of the year’ at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards 2018.

The Ruby Specialist team provide bespoke services for some of the most vulnerable pregnant women across the boroughs of Waltham Forest and Redbridge in London.

The winning maternity team where presented with their accolade by Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins at an awards ceremony held in London earlier this week (Tuesday March 6th).

The maternity team caseloads vulnerable pregnant women booked for maternity care at Whipps Cross University Hospital and aims to empower and support women throughout their maternity journey and into parenthood. They also liaise with other multi agency professionals to ensure that families are supported and have positive outcomes.

Pregnant women can also directly ‘self-refer’ themselves to this service and the model of care used by the Ruby Specialist team has shown to be effective in reducing cases escalating to legal interventions by children’s social care.

The Ruby team have made a positive impact in the community where women who have received specialist care and support during their pregnancy now refer and recommend family members and friends to the service who need it.

8 March, 2018

Sarah Spencer, a midwife from the University Hospital of Wales, has been awarded the Emma’s Diary Mums’ Midwife of the Year 2018. Sarah was nominated by mum Elouise King for the amazing support she provided during Elouise’s surrogacy journey. The prestigious award is one of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards, recognising the incredible work done by exceptional midwives across the country.

In 2013 Elouise fell pregnant naturally but following an early miscarriage, she underwent a D&C procedure which sadly resulted in her suffering Asherman Syndrome (scarring of the cervix and uterus). After years of heartache, including seven failed attempts at IVF, Elouise and her husband Paul finally found an amazing friend, Jen, willing to be a surrogate. Thankfully Jen fell pregnant and went on to deliver beautiful twin boys, Jude and Joshua in June 2017.

With Elouise and Paul living in Birmingham and Jen and her family living in Barry, Wales, it meant every scan, every midwife appointment and every visit to fetal medicine was miles away, reinforcing the physical separation and administrative hurdles to overcome. Elouise was also understandably anxious about how surrogacy would impact their treatment and the care afforded to their surrogate. Whether they would feel like “parents”, be treated like “parents” and how the hospital would accommodate their family. They needn’t have worried, as their midwife, Sarah, put their minds at ease instantly, spending time with them to understand their relationship, their needs, their fears and their expectations. She kept in touch for months via email and met them twice prior to delivery, even giving them a tour of the hospital.

Elouise, who nominated Sarah for the award, explains: “Sarah worked tirelessly to make sure everyone knew who we were, making treatment and transition between wards seamless. When one of our boys was taken to neo-natal, she made sure we saw him without delay. Sarah arranged for us to have a separate room so that we could spend valuable time alone as a new family. She made sure our surrogate was able to recuperate in a different room in the emotional hours after labour, being sensitive to ensure she wasn’t housed on an open maternity ward next to new mums. She also ensured family members did not miss out in visiting us during this special time. Sarah truly is our fairy Godmother ensuring our surrogacy experience was a wonderful one.”

8 March, 2018

A project in Scotland to keep mothers and their poorly babies together after birth, and a service to improve maternity care for teenagers and young women with complex social problems in Wales, are some of the initiatives from winners of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards in London this week.| The awards were presented at a ceremony in London on Tuesday, 6th March across thirteen categories

8 March, 2018

A maternity support worker from East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust has won one of the UK’s top midwifery prizes this week at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Awards.

Keelie Barrett is a joint winner of the RCM Members’ Champion Award sponsored by Thompsons Solicitors, for her work as a RCM Union health and safety representative (ULR) at the trust.

8 March, 2018

A project in Scotland to keep mothers and their poorly babies together after birth, and a service to improve maternity care for teenagers and young women with complex social problems in Wales, are some of the initiatives from winners of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards in London this week. The awards were presented at a ceremony in London on Tuesday, 6th March across thirteen categories

8 March, 2018

A midwife from March in Cambridgeshire has received a national award from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM). Gail Johnson works as an Education Advisor at the RCM and this week received a prestigious Honorary Fellowship from the RCM for her contribution to midwifery and maternity services.

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