A MIDWIFE who has inspired expectant mums across Sheffield is up for a national award.
Fitness fanatic Kate Campbell, aged 37, has been shortlisted for the Tommy’s and Danone Baby Nutrition Hero award. Not content with her tiring day job as a midwife at the Jessop Wing maternity unit, she set up Keep Mums Fit in 2007.
The mum-of-two, who qualified as a personal trainer last year, gives up her spare time to run antenatal and postnatal classes for mums-to-be at venues in Ecclesall and Millhouses.
The weekly sessions are designed to show fit and healthy women how they can exercise safely and gently during pregnancy. She also runs a boot camp for mums with babies.
Kate, of Fulwood, said: “I’ve been a midwife since 1997 and after I had my first child I realised there was nothing other than aqua natal classes and a bit of yoga. There was nothing for women who exercise regularly who wanted to carry on with that.
“This is about people who are fit and healthy with no problems or complications meeting together and going to an exercise class where safety is a big part.
“If you maintain a certain level of fitness in pregnancy it is good for labour and delivery and helps with a speedy recovery. Also, it’s passing it on to another generation. If children see mums exercise, they’re more likely to do it themselves.
“The mums have become a fantastic group of friends. I lost my mum this year and we’ve done a lot together for charity. A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to deliver one of my Keep Mums Fit girls. It was fantastic.
“I’ll always be a midwife, it’s what I wanted to do since I was 11, but fitness is my passion. If I can help people along the way that is what I am here for.”
On top of her fitness classes, Kate has been praised for offering support to her patients outside of working hours.
Keep Mums Fit member Sarah Watson nominated her for the award.
Sarah said: “Not only is Kate a fabulous midwife but she is also extremely passionate about antenatal and postnatal health, fitness and wellbeing. Kate’s classes have been a real lifeline for all of us. Kate has been a huge inspiration to us, and everyone that has attended her classes.”
The winner of the Hero award – which recognises a midwife who has provided exceptional care – will be announced next March.