Midwives ask for public support to help win Butterfly Awards

Date: 11 September 2017

Butterfly Awards Caroline Dolman

Photo: 'Best Health Professional' Nominee, Midwife Caroline Dolman

 

The maternity bereavement services team at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) is asking for local mums and families to help them win not one, but four, prizes at this year’s Butterfly Awards.

The annual Butterfly Awards celebrate and recognise the achievements of families overcoming the loss of a baby and the midwives and health professionals that support them during this difficult time.

The East Lancashire Bereavement Maternity Service, based at the Lancashire Women and Newborn Centre at Burnley General Teaching Hospital, has been nominated for ‘Best Hospital Bereavement Service’. The Trust strives to deliver the highest standard of personalised, compassionate care to families and offers parents a safe and comforting space to grieve.

In addition, Bereavement Support Midwife Louise Bardon has been nominated for ‘Best Bereavement Worker’ and Midwife Caroline Dolman has been shortlisted for ’Best Health Professional’.

Caroline received nominations from families who have recognised her outstanding care: “Caroline is truly an angel that has touched the heart of our family in a way she will never know,” said Michelle Hyatt, a bereaved grandparent.

"From the moment we met Caroline, we knew she was the midwife for us,” said Leah and Matt Charnock. “It felt like she was there every day throughout our journey and never left our side. I hated the thought of having another midwife looking after me. Caroline went above and beyond for us and stayed on shift later than she should have to support us. She will be a lifelong friend and woman we owe our lives to.”

Caroline, who has worked as a midwife for 11 years said, “I am thrilled and honoured to have been nominated and shortlisted for such a very special award.”

“If I am lucky enough to win this award, it would be on behalf of every midwife, doctor, and health care assistant that I work with, that go above and beyond in helping to support families through these very sad times.”

The award ceremony will take place in October and the midwives at ELHT are encouraging the public to support them by voting for them to win.

East Lancashire also has an excellent chance to win two further Butterfly Awards with Accrington mum Natalie Oldham shortlisted in the ‘Inspirational Mother’ category and local charities ‘Friends of Serenity and Otis’ Friends hoping to win the UK Support Organisation award.

Voting – which can only be done online - remains open until 30 September at www.babylossstar.co.uk/voting  

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    The maternity bereavement services team at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) is asking for local mums and families to help them win not one, but four, prizes at this year’s Butterfly Awards.

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