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Epilepsy high on the agenda at national midwifery awards

Saturday, March 26th, 2016 | News

Epilepsy was high on the agenda at this year’s RCM Awards with two of the national trophies going to those who support pregnant epilepsy sufferers.

England’s only specialist epilepsy midwife has won a patient nominated Midwife of the Year award and charity, Epilepsy Action, won Best Charity Initiative for its ‘HealthE mum-to-be’ campaign.

The RCM National Midwife of the Year Award was awarded to Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Kim Morley, after she was nominated by epilepsy sufferer Claire Cobbold.

Kim won the award for the support she provided Ms Cobbold during her pregnancy, who highlighted the complexity of getting pregnant, pregnancy itself and giving birth for epilepsy sufferers.

Epilepsy Action won the award for the its ‘HealthE mum-to-be’ campaign which focussed on improving the care, support and advice on offer to pregnant woman with epilepsy since 2013.

Around 2400 babies are born to women with epilepsy each year, all of which face an increased risk of problems during pregnancy.

Cathy Warwick, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said; “I wish to congratulate the team at Epilepsy Action on winning this award. Their campaign has provided much invaluable support to women who are pregnant with epilepsy.

“All pregnant women with epilepsy are classified as high risk and it’s vital they receive very specific care during their pregnancy. Epilepsy Actions campaign not only helped women but also enabled midwives and other health professionals to provide women with the very best support possible.

“Their campaign is highly commendable and deserves to be recognised. I congratulate Epilepsy Action on their achievement and thank them for their dedication, skill and commitment to mothers, babies and their families.”

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