Not one but two members of staff have been shortlisted for a national award.
Bereavement midwife Nick Kerry has been shortlisted in the category of Midwife of the Year at The Butterfly Awards 2018. Sarah Seddon, advanced healthcare assistant in A&E at Grimsby hospital, has been shortlisted for the Inspirational Mother.
The duo will find out at a red carpet event in Warwick on October 27 whether they have won. The event honours parents who have experienced the loss of a baby, as well as celebrating some of the work done by people and organisations that provide support to them.
The winners are chosen by a combination of judging scores, and scores awarded after a public vote. People can vote for Nick and Sarah by going to:
Nick said: “It is very humbling to be nominated for a national award. I feel very privileged to be working with such a great team in trying to ensure women and their families have a good experience while they are under our care.
“My role is a real rollercoaster as I provide care for those women who experience the heartache of losing a baby. I also share the joy of women who go onto have further pregnancies and help bring their rainbow babies into the world. I am passionate about ensuring every woman receives compassionate, patient-centred care in their times of sorry and joy.”
Excerpts from her nomination include:
“Nick has literally thrown everything into her new role. Her passion shines through daily. She goes above and beyond her duty, being on the other end of the phone for people after a baby loss. “
“Nick has set up rainbow clinics for women pregnant after loss. Nick does her job with an amazing amount of positivity and compassion and I cannot wait to see the further development of this service with her at the helm.”
Sarah, who has Crohn’s disease, has undergone major surgery several times over the years and has battled to try and get some ‘normality’ in her life. She said: “In January 2016 I started to get my life back together after yet more surgery. My fiance Ian and I started to think about having a family.”
However, after undergoing fertility tests, they were delivered devastating news and told it would be impossible for them to have children. They never gave up and after two rounds of IVF Sarah fell pregnant.
Unfortunately Vinnie was born sleeping on March 20 2018. Sarah said: “Being nominated for this inspirational mother award means so much to me; just by being called a mother is overwhelming as this was something I didn’t think was possible. I am still hoping our hopes and dreams will come true.”
The winners will be announced on October 27 in Warwick.