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Northumberland midwife wins top award
Jenny Gregory with her award
Jenny was nominated for her award by her colleague Lisa Routledge

A Northumberland midwife has won a top award for helping parents cope with the loss of their baby.

Jenny Gregory, a midwife at Wansbeck General Hospital, Ashington - was praised for going the extra mile in supporting parents at the hospital.

She has now won a scholarship to help improve the care of women and their families when dealing with bereavement.

Her work at the hospital is teamed with her role in a local support group for local bereaved women and families.

The 34-year-old midwife from Seghill, scooped the award at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Awards, which is one of the UK's top award ceremonies.

She received the award for the National Maternity Support Foundation (NMSF) Award for Excellence in Bereavement Care.

The award provides funding for Jake's Scholarship - which will provide Jenny with training in bereavement care in the hope to improve care for women and their families.

Jake's Charity (National Maternity Support Foundation) was set up after the stillbirth of Jake Canter, due to the nearest hospital maternity unit being closed.

She was nominated for the award by her colleague Lisa Routledge. Jenny said: "I am delighted to have won the award - I was so pleased to be nominated and to actually win and be recognised on a national level is absolutely amazing."

Teardop

"The memories that we create within the first few days are all they're going to have forever, and that's our job to provide them with absolutely everything."
Jenny Gregory

According to the charity Sands 17 babies die each day in the UK and for many women and their families, dealing with the loss of their baby can be very difficult.

Jenny is part of the Teardrop Group, which is a voluntary group in Northumberland and North Tyneside.

It was set up in 1992 by several health professionals who had lost babies and wanted to make a change and help support other parents going through the loss of their baby.

Jenny is the link between the group and the delivery suite at the hospital and helps to organise fundraising for the group.

She said: "Obviously family and friends tend to be a good source of support usually for bereaved parents but the thing is sometimes like any bereavement, that usually has a certain length of time.

"Bereavement passes in time, people get back to their normal lives and the person who is bereaved, they sometimes don't get on with their life and the support when they need it the most is then retracted."

The suite at the hospital is a place for grieving parents to come to terms with their loss.

Jenny continues: "Grief is still something, especially surrounding babies, that is not talked about and not recognised because it's so sad.

"The memories that we create within the first few days are all they're going to have forever, and that's our job to provide them with absolutely everything."




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