Caring Belper midwife

Margaret Hirst, right, who has won a regional midwifery award. Pictured with the mum who nominated her, Gemma Richardson, and Gemma's son Sam.
Margaret Hirst, right, who has won a regional midwifery award. Pictured with the mum who nominated her, Gemma Richardson, and Gemma's son Sam.
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A CARING community midwife who works in Belper has won a prestigious award.

Margaret Hirst has been named the North of England’s regional winner of the Johnson’s Baby Mums’ Midwife of the Year accolade.

She has been rewarded for putting her mums first and providing excellent care in her role working for Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

As a community midwife Margaret is part of a team based at Babington Hospital, on Derby Road, who see mums before and after they have had their babies, either in their homes or at their GP surgeries.

Her role is another way Derby Hospitals aims to bring its services ‘closer to home’, ensuring mums are seen in the right place, at the right time.

Margaret said: “I’m extremely pleased and flattered. I think it’s great recognition, not just for me, but for all the work the Derby Hospitals community midwives do.

“I aim to give a high standard of care which meets the individual needs of women. As a community midwife I value giving continuity of care and building relationships.”

The award celebrates and rewards the excellence, innovation and impact of the midwifery profession in the UK. Margaret is one of six regional winners and is now shortlisted for the national award, which is one of the categories at the Royal College of Midwives’ (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards.

The national winner will be announced at an awards ceremony today (Wednesday, January 19).

Margaret was nominated for the award by Heanor mum Gemma Richardson. She said Margaret supported her when she lost her daughter at 37 weeks and then throughout her next pregnancy with her son, Sam.

Gemma said: “I believe Margaret acted above and beyond her duty to get me through the most difficult pregnancy I’d ever had. She was there for me through my worst time and the best.”

The awards received nominations from mums across the country and the judging panel was made up of midwives who considered, among other things, demonstration of best clinical practice, support for the mother’s emotional care, and support for strengthening the bond between mother and baby.

In particular, the panel has also been looking for midwives who made a significant impact on the woman’s childbirth experience, before, during and after labour.