LOCAL midwives have been named the best in Scotland at a national awards ceremony in London.
The team, based at Montrose Infirmary’s maternity unit, was also runner-up for the whole of the UK.
They attended the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Awards, held at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, last Wednesday to hear the announcement.
The awards recognise and encourage the sharing of good practice and new developments in the field, with winners picked by an independent panel of judges.
Other nominations included midwifery teams from East Cheshire and Plymouth.
Montrose team leader Phyllis Winters said: “It’s wonderful to be recognised for our efforts. We’re the best in Scotland but just missed out on the top UK prize.
“It’s been a fantastic day.”
Both Phyllis and midwife Iona Duckett were interviewed by the judging panel and spoke about developments including an annual student survey day, the wide range of groups and skills on offer, the impact of a continuing customer satisfaction survey and reflective sessions for midwives.
The importance of the Birth in Angus website and the group’s use of social networking media, with a Montrose Maternity page on Facebook, were also discussed.
The local team consists of 13 midwives, a health care assistant, student midwives and the women who use the service.
Since water births were introduced at the Montrose unit 75 per cent of mums-to-be have opted to have their baby in the birthing pool and 98 per cent of women have used the pool at some point during their labour.
Phyllis said: “We have worked tirelessly to provide a homely, professional, dynamic and fun environment for us to work in, students to learn in and women to birth in.
“Together we have created a service that not only justifies our existence locally but has given us a voice to impact on midwifery care on a larger scale.”