A team of Sheffield midwives who go the extra mile to help complicated births run smoothly are celebrating after winning a national award.
The Citywide 1:1 Team, based at the Jessop maternity wing, offers personalised support and care to patients before, during and after birth – including women with learning disabilities and severe mental health problems.
They also provide special care to women who choose to give birth normally when their babies are in breech, or feet first.
The midwives won the Team of the Year prize, given annually by the British Journal of Midwifery.
Mum Kendra Arkley, aged 25, from Nether Edge, was referred to the service after a scan confirmed her baby was in breech at 34 weeks.
Kendra said: “Everyone I spoke to said ‘just have a Caesarean’, but I decided I wanted to try to deliver my baby naturally.
“The team were brilliant – they gave me extra scans, and put me at ease by checking fluids, size and position.
“I could contact them at any time during my pregnancy. They had all the experience, and I was supported by a big team during labour so I felt really safe.”
Kendra’s daughter Annika was born without complications earlier this year.
The service’s community midwives – Sarah Martin, Nicola Dawes and Helen Dresner Barnes – provide 24-hour care.
Women also have the support of the head of midwifery, a community matron, two consultant obstetricians, a consultant midwife and a supervisor.
Dotty Watkins, Sheffield Teaching Hospital’s head of midwifery, said: “Evidence from research shows that all women benefit from continuity of care, and that includes women with complicated pregnancies.”