On shortlist for award

Sarah Haynes and her daughter Emily with members of the Sheffield Breech Birth Service.
Sarah Haynes and her daughter Emily with members of the Sheffield Breech Birth Service.
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A talented NHS team from Sheffield’s Teaching Hospitals has moved a step closer to gaining a top health award.

The Citywide 1-1 Team from Sheffield’s Jessop Wing has been shortlisted in the prestigious RCM Annual Midwifery Awards.

The Sheffield Breech Birth Service, part of the Citywide 1-1 Team, has been shortlisted in the Excellence in Maternity Care Award category.

The Breech Service aims to give women greater choice to have the opportunity to give birth naturally when their baby is breech.

Women referred to the service are seen by the team, midwives Nicola Dawes, Sarah Martin and Helen Dresner Barnes and assessed by Consultant Obstetrician Dr Julia Bodle.

A key part of the service is that mothers are given time and flexibility with their decision of how they would like their baby to be born and the team provide 24/7 on call cover to ensure continuity from an experienced carer for those who have chosen to birth their baby naturally.

Helen Dresner Barnes, Citywide 1-1 Team Lead at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals said: “It is important that we give mothers the time they need to make an informed decision which is right for them.

“Our service aims to give equality of care, so that every mother is given the same up to date information about having a breech baby, but that is also personalised to them and their individual pregnancy.”

Sarah Haynes, 29, from Sheffield, is one mother who earlier this year gave birth naturally to her breech baby Emily.

The mum said: “Having access to the service has been a brilliant experience for me and my partner. I really wanted to deliver my baby naturally and the team were fully supportive of my wishes.”

Winners of the RCM awards will be announced at a ceremony held in London on March 8, 2016.