A midwife has won a national award for her work in supporting bereaved parents.
Jenny Gregory picked up the National Maternity Support Foundation award for excellence in bereavement care at the Royal College of Midwives’ annual prize-giving ceremony.
The award includes funding for a scholarship to enable Jenny, a midwife at Ashington’s Wansbeck General Hospital, to train in bereavement care.
Jenny is part of the Woodhorn Lane hospital’s Teardrop Group, set up to support families trying to come to terms with the loss of a baby. She acts as a link between the hospital’s maternity unit delivery suite and the group.
Jenny also co-ordinates bereavement training for her colleagues and has written new guidelines on helping families mourning for infants.
On top of that, Jenny organises an annual ball to raise money, along with other events, to refurbish and equip a room for use by bereaved families.
She was nominated for the award by colleague Lisa Routledge.
Jenny said: “I am delighted to have won.
“I was so pleased to be nominated, and to actually win is absolutely amazing.
“It is recognition for the whole group’s hard work and dedication over the years to make a difference to families at very difficult times.
“All members of the group are committed to doing all we can to support these families and make their stay in hospital as comfortable as possible.
“To have what we do praised is just excellent.”
Ann Wright, the director responsible for maternity services at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Congratulations to Jenny on winning this prestigious award.
“She is an enthusiastic and dedicated midwife, and it is thoroughly deserved.”