Maternity Support Worker nominated for national award

Posted: December 22, 2016

Kerry Wheeler shortlisted for top honour

Kerry Wheeler 250A Maternity Support Worker at GWH has been nominated for a national Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Award.
 
Kerry Wheeler (pictured, right), who has worked on the Delivery Suite for the last 12 years, has been shortlisted for the Pregnacare Award for Maternity Support Worker of the Year.

She is one of 10 Maternity Support Workers employed by the Trust.
 
The award recognises the importance of the Maternity Support Worker role in providing holistic care to women and their families and supporting midwives to help free up their time caring for new mums.  
 
Kerry was nominated for the award by Tanya Miles, a Midwife on the Delivery Suite.
 
Tanya said: "Kerry is passionate about providing personal care to each and every mum and baby.
 
"Everyone's experience of birth is different and each baby is unique, and Kerry works hard to ensure each family is made to feel special.
 
"The Delivery Suite is a very busy place, so Maternity Support Workers like Kerry are really valuable in giving our midwives more one-to-one time with mums."
 
Kerry said: "I absolutely love my job, it is so rewarding. I support mums who are coming in for a caesarean and help them before, during and after childbirth with things like breastfeeding.
 
"I was inspired to become a Maternity Support Worker after my own positive experience of maternity care. The role has come such a long way and is now recognised as a career in itself."
 
The winners will announced at the RCM awards ceremony in London on Tuesday 7 March.
 
Cathy Warwick, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said: "Just to be shortlisted is a great achievement and I congratulate Kerry on getting this far.
 
"For me these awards are a fantastic opportunity for midwives and maternity support workers to showcase the wonderful, innovative work they are doing to deliver better care for women, babies and their families. I wish them all the best of luck at the awards ceremony in March."
 
For more details about the awards, see the RCM Awards website (www.rcmawards.com).

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