A LANCING midwife who supported a mother through a stillbirth and then changed her shift to deliver the same woman’s second child has won a national award.
Caroline Burton, 39, received the Johnson’s Baby Mums’ Midwife of the Year Award at the Royal College of Midwives 12th annual awards ceremony on January 22.
“I still can’t quite believe it,” Ms Burton said on receiving the award.
“It was such a shock when I found out I had won. It is a wonderful surprise.”
Ms Burton was nominated by new mother Louise Whitmore, who she supported and comforted during the delivery of her stillborn daughter.
Fourteen months later, Ms Burton volunteered to be with Mrs Whitmore during the birth of her son, despite not being on shift and having to arrange extra child care for her own son.
Mrs Whitmore said: “Caroline helped us rejoice in our son whilst remembering our daughter and for that I am forever grateful.”
Ms Burton works at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and the Princess Royal in Haywards Heath.
Louise Silverton, director for midwifery at the Royal College of Midwives, said: “These awards not only allow mothers to thank their midwives for their exceptional work, but pay tribute to the fantastic job they do every day.”
Ms Silverton added that she hoped the awards would help to inspire a new generation of midwifery excellence.