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Lincoln midwives awarded for dedication

Winners (L-R): Petra Maclening, Heather Thompson, Victoria Chappel, Nicky Kirk, Luretta Johnson, Tracy Heath, with babies they delivered

Midwives from Lincoln County Hospital have been awarded for their dedication and hard work with new mums by the National Childbirth Trust (NCT).

One team and five individual midwives were put forward by the Lincoln branch of the NCT, after families using the maternity ward nominated them.

The awards were presented on November 30 at the Lincoln County Hospital antenatal ward, sponsored by the Old Station Nursery, Saks Hairdressing, Ladybugs Fitness, Chantal Shoes, Doddington Hall, Waitrose, Running Imp and Flowers by Suzanne.

Nicky Kirk, who won Midwife of the Year, said: “I am overwhelmed with the comments I have received.

“It’s lovely for us all to be recognised so we really appreciate the time people take to make their nominations.”

Sam Waite, Manager of The Old Station Nursery’s Lincoln Marina branch said: “The winners for this year’s midwife of the year award are absolutely deserving of the accolade.

“The stories we’ve heard demonstrate how they’ve gone above and beyond time and time again to ensure the women and families they work with have a positive experience.

“The midwives who have been honoured are an example of the great work carried out across Lincolnshire and we’re delighted to help support these awards.”

Winners

Sustained Excellence Award — Luretta Johnson

Parents said: Luretta is a really happy, friendly midwife who puts parents at their ease and takes an interest in them as individuals. She takes time to listen to parents to understand their needs and choices.

Luretta receives a glass trophy from Running Imp, a Flowers by Suzanne bouquet, a £25 voucher from Waitrose, a treatment with Ladybugs fitness and a framed NCT certificate.

Commendations — Victoria Chappel and Heather Thompson

Parents said: Chappel received the Jules King Midwife of the Year commendation for giving a high level of care to all her ladies. Parents said she is able to respond with quick calm actions when needed.

Heather Thompson also receives a Jules King Midwife of the Year commendation for her comforting support of parents. She supports parents who choose to have their babies at home and has a relaxed and reassuring manner. She goes out of her way to support her ladies and they really feel that she is there for them.

Team award
Dawn Thomas, Tracy Heath, Petra Maclening, Heather Thompson and Louise Hugo were awarded for the work they did for a successful home birth for twins.

Midwife of the Year — Nicky Kirk

Parents said: simply amazing care. Nicky is able to keep ladies calm and positive throughout their care even during difficult pregnancies. She goes above and beyond what is expected of her visiting ladies at home, in hospital and even in intensive care. She listens to people’s worries and sorts out their concerns. She is caring and bubbly and really makes individuals feel special.

Nicky receives a hair and beauty treatment from Saks, a treatment voucher from ladybugs fitness, a £50 voucher from Chantal Shoes, a year’s pass to Doddington Hall Gardens, a £25 Waitrose voucher, a glass trophy from Running Imp and a Flowers by Suzanne bouquet.

Source: United lincolnshire Hospitals Trust