GWH midwife named South and Midlands Midwife of the Year

Posted: January 7, 2014

GWH midwife, Vivienne Cutler, nominated for exceptional care

Nominated by Maggie Powick, Vivienne Cutler delivered exceptional care and went that extra mile to support Maggie and her husband throughout a difficult labour and sadly the stillbirth of their daughter.

Vivienne put her all into looking after Maggie and her husband from the first day and helped to put them at ease during their traumatic experience. She was fantastic at explaining the choices they could have with their daughter and made the experience as positive as it possibly could be under the circumstances.

Midwife Vivienne said: "I still can't believe I've won the award for my region, it seems like a dream. Although it was incredibly sad, I'm glad I was able to be there to help Maggie and her husband through their difficult experience, giving them time to bond with their daughter." 

Maggie Powick explained: "Child birth is an emotional time for any woman to experience during their lifetime, but in our case our experience was a traumatic one. Having to go through a long labour after the loss of a baby will never leave you as a mother. The midwives in the delivery suite were fantastic but Vivienne was just simply the best! She made our distressing situation as positive as she could have possibly done in the circumstances, we would have no one else but Vivienne to deliver our next child."

The JOHNSON'S® Baby Mums' Midwife of the Year Award, part of The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards recognises the incredible work from outstanding midwives across the country. It is the only award which allows mums to nominate midwives who they feel provided exceptional support before, during and after the birth of their child.

During 2013, nominations were sent in from mums across the country, who felt their midwives deserved that extra bit of recognition. The entries were put through a rigorous judging process by a panel of senior RCM midwives and selected representatives from Johnson & Johnson, who looked at three critical aspects of the nomination. These aspects included to what extent the midwife demonstrated best clinical practice, support for mum's emotional care and support for strengthening the bond between mum and baby.

Louise Silverton, Director for Midwifery at The RCM says: "These awards not only allow mothers to thank their midwives for their exceptional work, but pay tribute to the fantastic job they do every day.  Midwives often go the extra mile to help make the experience of having a baby a memorable one. With recent challenges, their role is more important than ever and exemplary midwives continue to work tirelessly to provide outstanding care to mothers. As midwives remain the bedrock of maternity care, I hope these awards will continue to inspire midwifery excellence throughout the UK."

The six regional winners will be awarded trophies at The RCM's 12th Annual Awards ceremony which will be held at top venue, The Brewery on Wednesday 22nd January 2014. Winners will be invited on stage to collect their awards from Professor Cathy Warwick CBE, Chief Executive of The RCM. The event will be compered by TV newsreader and presenter Natasha Kaplinsky. The overall national winner will also be announced as the JOHNSON'S® Baby Mums' Midwife of the Year 2014.


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