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North Cumbria’s midwives celebrated

DSC_7583[O]utstanding midwives at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust have been recognised for their hard work and dedication at a recent awards and learning event to celebrate International Midwives Day.

On Friday 5 May, the award nominees were invited to a learning and celebration event to celebrate their achievements.

Christina Cuncarr, associate director of midwifery at the Trust, who presented the awards said:
“The amount of nominees we received was high and the judging panel had a very difficult task of selecting the winners. All of our midwives at the Trust work very hard every single day.”

The awards comprised of three categories and the winners of each are:

Midwife of the Year

Sandra McGarry, who is based at West Cumberland Hospital was nominated by two different people, both of whom said she provides ‘excellent care’ and is a ‘role model and teacher’ for others. Some of the feedback provided on the nomination form said: ‘Sandra made me feel important, well cared for, and respected my birth plan. She even came to see me numerous times when my baby was in the Special Care Baby Unit and kept me informed’.

Enhancing Midwifery and service to Women/Babies

The award was presented to the entire West Cumberland Hospital Ante-Natal Care (ANC) Team which consists of Louise Hughes, Anne Crozier, Sarah Hawley, Clare Winthrop and Jo Wear. What stood out to the judging panel was the growth of the team over the past two years as they have developed into a cohesive and supportive team. The work of the ANC team provided many innovations into the care of mothers from expanding the diabetic clinic, parent craft education for multiple births and aspirations for a pre-conceptual care clinic.

Primary/Community Midwife

Ruth Singleton, who works out of Maryport Ante-natal clinic and deals with some of the communities most vulnerable patients. Her nomination said that Ruth worked with the women to be good mothers even beyond the postnatal period.

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