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Our maternity services awarded at Royal College of Midwives Awards

Midwives from the Royal Bournemouth Hospital’s maternity services have been awarded for their implementation of the Caring for you campaign and bereavement care by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).

The prestigious awards celebrate the outstanding work in midwifery across the UK, with maternity teams in Dorset bringing home five of the 14 awards yesterday (5 March).

Sera Bailey won the Bereavement Care Award. Sera delivers a bespoke postnatal bereavement service – Sera offers personalised Postnatal care and is the only of its kind in Dorset. The service is customised to each mother and has been invaluable to those who have suffered a bereavement.

The Maternity Leadership Team brought home the Caring For You Award for their work in supporting and engaging their staff with initiatives including Caring for You drop-ins, staff forums and away days.

The Dorset Maternity System - a collaboration between local healthcare organisations and the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group - received the award for partnership working. The collaborative working has enabled a standardised Dorset-wide approach to the postnatal maternity pathway.

Carmen Cross, Head of Midwifery at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, said: “We’re delighted to have brought two awards home from the 2019 RCM awards. As a team we’ve worked incredibly hard to make our services the best they can be for both mother and baby. We’ve also worked to support all staff to ensure RBCH is an exceptional place to work and we’re delighted to have this work recognised by the Caring For You Award.

Sera Bailey, Bereavement Midwife at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, said: “It’s such an honour to be able to support mothers at such a difficult time. Feedback from those who have used the service tells us we make a difference but having this endorsement from the RCM confirms that we’re doing the best by our patients.

A spokesperson from the RCM, said: “The Birth Team at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital has been dedicated to the RCM Caring for You campaign, increasing staff engagement via drop-in clinics, celebration days, away-days and working parties. Congratulations on being RCM Award winners.”

The awards took place at The Brewery in London. For more information on the event, visit https://www.rcmawards.com/

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