Midwives from Plymouth and Ayrshire had reason to celebrate last week, after picking up prestigious awards from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).

Donna Burns and Alison Fyfe, from Ayreshire and Arran, picked up the award for Promoting Natural Birth, while Plymouth midwives Sue Hancock and Nicola MacPhail scooped the Vitabiotics Award for Excellence in Improving Public Health after improving the safeguarding practice in their maternity services.

The awards ceremony was held at the Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden, London last Wednesday (January 25th).

Commenting on their award, Sue Hancock and Nicola McPhail, said: "We are absolutely delighted to have won an award and feel very proud that the success of this project, which has involved all of our Maternity and Neonatal staff, has been recognised at national level by the Royal College of Midwives."   

Meanwhile, Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the RCM, praised Donna and Alison for their "innovative and pioneering work", which included the introduction of hypnobirthing to allay expectant mothers' fears.

She said: "This award highlights the important, innovative and pioneering work being done by Donna and Alison.  I congratulate their perseverance and commitment to the profession. It is important for people to know that midwifery does not stand still. When midwives are given the resources, support and freedom to develop their work, the result is better services, better care and better outcomes for mothers, babies and their families." 

Posted by Robert Mair on 1/2/2012