Sleaford woman named national Midwife of the Year

Mum Zena Barclay, midwife Karen Swan and baby Holly. EMN-150403-142340001
Mum Zena Barclay, midwife Karen Swan and baby Holly. EMN-150403-142340001

A community midwife from Sleaford has been named the UK’s midwife of the year at a national award ceremony.

Karen Swan, a community midwife based in Sleaford, has been recognised for her dedication and hard work at the Royal College of Midwives Annual Midwifery Awards which took place yesterday (Tuesday) in London.

Sponsored by Johnson’s Baby, the Midwife of the Year awards are a special way for new mums to say thank you to those who helped them throughout pregnancy and birth.

Karen had already been named the South and Midlands Region Midwife of the Year last week, and was attending the RCM Annual Awards ceremony at top London venue, The Brewery, where she was invited on stage to collect that award from Professor Cathy Warwick, chief executive of The RCM. But then the overall national winner was also announced and karen was heralded Johnson’s baby Mums’ Midwife of the Year 2015.

The event was compered by TV newsreader, presenter and mum, Kate Silverton.

Karen said: “I feel very honoured to have been nominated for this award and I am delighted to have won. We have a fantastic team and I am very lucky to work with some amazing people, without them we couldn’t deliver the fantastic service that we offer to our patients.

“I am passionate about midwifery and consider the job we do as midwives to be a real privilege. To have been nominated by a mum and to receive this award is very special.”

Sue Bennion, Head of Midwifery at Karen’s employers, United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, said: “This award is a credit to Karen’s hard work and dedication and is further testament to the fantastic work being carried out by our community midwives to provide the very best care to expectant mothers in Lincolnshire.”

Zena Barclay, from Heckington, nominated Karen who looked after her throughout her three pregnancies. Most recently, she gave birth to Holly, at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston in December 2013.

Zena said: “Karen’s support to me during my pregnancies and following the births of my three children was reassuring and honest. As a teacher at The William Alvey School, Sleaford I have heard many stories about Karen’s kindness, professionalism and willingness to go that extra mile. I may have made the nomination but it is a reflection of the feelings of many women in our community.”