2020: Year of the Nurse and Midwife

Year of the Nurse and Midwife

A celebration of your midwives, who cared for you during your pregnancy and birth.

I would like to nominate my midwife Hannah Proctor! She came at the end of my first pregnancy and made me feel so welcome, I felt like I known her forever.  I was passed from different midwife until Hannah. Then I fell pregnant again and she’s been my midwife all the way through, always comes to my house so my little boy is happy playing. I’ve suffered bad sciatica and she’s helped me with exercise.  I’m currently 5 days overdue and she’s doing everything possible to help me think positive! I feel like Hannah is more of my friend than my midwife and if I was too have more children I would want her again she truly is an amazing lady.

I’d like to nominate my midwife Hannah Proctor from Gainsborough midwives – COCO’S. 

We’ve had quite a journey from the start of our pregnancy and she’s been there every step of the way. •hemorage at 9 weeks •high NT scan & results •amniocentesis •detailed scan following this •growth scans •doppler scans •c section at 30 weeks due to reversed blood flow 

Hannah has gone above and beyond through each hurdle we have faced, always replied straight away even when I’m sure she probably wasn’t at work. As most of my appointments got cancelled with Hannah as I was at the hospital a lot, she would always take the time to make sure I was okay and if there was anything she could do etc. 

When we finally got let go from the consultants after the amniocentesis came back clear, Hannah came to my house for my next appointment. I already had my own worries that my belly looked small, she measured me 4 weeks behind and referred me for a growth scan. I’ll be forever thankful for this as this is where they noticed the high doppler readings. After being monitored each week for 4 weeks I went in for a scan at 30 weeks and was told I had reversed blood flow and they’d be sending me to labour ward straight away & delivering him first thing in the morning. I messaged Hannah straight away.. I had a response immediately telling me she was on call and would try her best to be there. The following morning the midwife came in and said Hannah was on her way. Despite everything we was going through we felt so much more comfortable knowing she was going to be there. The thought of having a section anyway was daunting, but having one at 30 weeks not knowing how your baby is gonna be was terrifying. Hannah was calm as anything and kept me sane! Even staying in the room after chatting and keeping me company as baby had been taken straight to NICU. It wasn’t till after she told me that she had been up most the night worrying and thinking of us, this being the earliest birth she’d been part of. Even now nearly 2 weeks on she’s still messaging making sure Lincoln midwives have seen me & that we’re all okay. 

She most definitely deserves the award in my eyes

Hannah Proctor

Midwife

I would like to nominate Chloe Hempsall she is now a qualified Midwife at Boston Pilgrim. She delivered my boy at pilgrim as a student Midwife April 21st 2018 I used a cord tie which she was willing to use for me. I requested to be standing whilst giving birth she facilitated my wishes whilst maintaining professionalism. I am now a 1st year student Midwife at Lincoln and think it’s how our paths may cross now on an educational level. She was such a caring kind Midwife It was the best birth experience I have had with my three boys and that was provided by facilitating my wishes and respecting what I wanted to achieve without compromising care.

Chloe Hempsall

Midwife

I would like to nominate the Sleaford Community Midwives Team. I had 3 miscarriages in a row after having my eldest back in Nov 2014. After my 3rd loss Debbie Grooby from Sleaford Team phoned me to say she was sorry and asked if I was OK. By the time I had a successful pregnancy I had Caroline Bowden as my named Midwife and she gave me 2 weekly checks due to my previous losses to keep a tab on me and also because I had quite bad anxiety. At one of the antenatal checks my blood pressure was up slightly and Debbie Grooby wanted me to go back in after that weekend to check blood pressure again as she didn’t want me to go too long without it being checked. She even took a blood sample at one of the appointments as I was due a blood test for my Endocrinologist and that morning Grantham Hospital was too busy and I had an antenatal appointment that same morning. I got to Grantham and the queue was just too long to wait and if I had waited I would have been late for my antenatal appointment. Debbie took the sample for me saving me a trip back to Grantham. The pregnancy went smoothly and I had my baby boy back in April 2019. When I got home the midwives were still excellent. They had to check my blood pressure at home as I was kept in hospital until my blood pressure was down to a level they were happy with to discharge me. At one of the home visits I raised concerns about baby’s skin being yellow. He was born back to back and he had bruising all over his face. When the bruising was going down we were told it could cause jaundice. Caroline visited once and I raised concerns about the yellowing of baby’s skin. She said he looked fine but said I could go to Grantham for a bilirubin check if I was concerned. She spoke to the Team at Grantham Hospital and got me in for a bilirubin check. The skin test came out high and we were sent straight to Lincoln for a blood test. The blood test levels came out OK. Karen Swan was also brilliant. I noticed a lump at the back of baby’s head a few days after being home and she got me an appointment at the GP for the Monday morning so it can be checked out and be documented. I also felt happier this time round as the pressure to breast feed wasn’t there. 

I would also like to nominate the Labour Ward at Lincoln Hospital. The Student Midwife and Midwife who was Tracey West were brilliant. I was left to progress with the labour in my own time and felt relaxed all the way from start to finish. 

I was also under the Endocrinology Team at Lincoln throughout my pregnancy after being diagnosed with Graves Disease after my 3rd loss and they have also been excellent making sure I was tested monthly to make sure my thyroid levels were stable all the way through.

Sleaford Community Midwives

Community Midwife Team

I would like to nominate Vicky Cox the mental health midwife at Lincoln Hospital. She has been the most incredible support!

I am due my baby in the next few weeks, but am struggling a bit due to losing my daughter to meningitis four years ago. My baby is due on the anniversary of her death.

Vicky has given me space to decide what kind of support I needed in the early days, put me onto a mental health course to give me the tools to cope. She has jumped into action when I was ready for help, writing up a personal birth plan to help me cope with my new baby. She also listened and didn’t think my insecurities were crazy when I felt more insane than I can explain. She also came with me to see a consultant to get things put in place.

She is part of an incredible team at Lincoln Hospital and I couldn’t be more grateful, and I’ve not even had my baby yet! Without her I think I might not have managed to get to this point.

Vicky Cox

Midwife With special interest in mental health

Kayleigh Atkinson. She’s an incredible midwife at Lincoln hospital. I’m A lucky mummy to four beautiful babies and for my first three Kayleigh (who’s our friend) was on shift and popped in to see me to cheer me up and cheer me on.

For my fourth baby we were lucky enough to have Kayleigh as our midwife. She instantly put me at ease and was just completely lovely. I had a very quick labour that was wonderful and calm thanks to Kayleigh and her student. After falling in love with our baby Kayleigh checked her over. It was then that Kayleigh found quite a serious health complication. Kayleigh immediately calmly told us what was wrong and then the room filled with lots of important people.

My husband and I were obviously very scared and upset, Kayleigh stood with me holding my hand and explaining what was happening. We were rushed to ICU but Kayleigh made sure I was able to grab a quick shower before my baby was taken to ICU. She came with us and stayed for as long as she could. We were told we needed to be immediately transferred to another better equipped hospital. Kayleigh stood and shed a few tears with us and tried to sooth our worries. As Kayleigh was a friend I kept her up to date on how things were doing and she continued to be a great support. Kayleigh’s a fantastic midwife and deserves this recognition as I’m sure she’s helped many, many more families as well. So I’d love her to know how grateful we are

Kayleigh Atkinson

Midwife

I’d like to nominate Wendy Rickett who is a Midwife in Swineshead surgery, Lincolnshire.

Wendy from day one has always gone above and beyond her job role. I informed her that I was going to Thailand with concerns of the ZIKA virus. Wendy immediately conducted a great amount of research on my behalf, finding out what immunisations I would need along with what I could do to protect myself and my baby. She called around other midwives, the antenatal department, and even her manager. She spent time researching up-to-date medical reviews and arranged an appointment for me to have my immunisations asap. THAT WAS DAY ONE. I was very impressed.

As time progressed, my partner was deployed to the middle east. And not only the stress of that, I had major stressors from a tragic loss of family to stress at work. Wendy spent time listening, comforting, and reassuring me that I was perfectly okay, and my baby was fine after having extreme paranoia I was causing her harm – she laid me down on the bed and allowed me to hear my little girls heartbeat and even record it for my partner to hear whilst he was away to involve him (it meant the world to me and my partner, and I had the sound put into a teddy bear for him to keep on deployment with him for comfort).

One day, I couldn’t get a midwife appointment with her at my surgery as she was fully booked. Wendy called me herself and asked me to pop into the surgery 30 minutes early, just so that she could see me and monitor how I was getting on. Me, on the appointment day, also being a nurse spoke jokingly about not finishing work on time or coming into work early. Wendy scrubbed it off like it was nothing, and told me she was coming in on her day off the next day to see people. WOW. Wendy have always spoken openly, truthfully and honestly, and will not beat around the bush which is important.

I had called the surgery in a bit of a panic around 28 weeks pregnant in a bit of a panic as I had not done my MATB1 form, to no stress or avail, Wendy had it done in a matter of 30 minutes and left me a voicemail politely informing me she had left it behind reception for me to collect.

Wendy is so passionate about her role and is a fantastic midwife. I truly hope she gets recognised for her impressive competency as a midwife. She has made my journey comfortable during very difficult times. A big big thank you to Wendy.

Wendy Rickett

Midwife