Midwife Sue nominated for national award

Sue Pile and Baby George ClarkeOne of Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust’s midwives, Braunton-based Sue Pile, has been nominated for the national Midwife of the Year awards, staged each year by the Mamas and Papas retail chain and Prima Baby magazine.

But the identity of the mum who put her name forward remains a mystery.

Sue only found out she had been nominated when a package of leaflets arrived unannounced through the post. Tucked away inside was a certificate saying her name had been put forward.

“Just the fact that a mum had bothered to write in was lovely – it really made my day” said Sue.  “It’s a bit embarrassing because I work with such a brilliant team of midwives – all of them.

“We get so many ‘thank yous’ from parents, which is wonderful and gives you such a buzz, but it’s just so thoughtful of someone to go this step further.”

Local mum Katey Clarke, who had brought her seven-week-old son George for a check-up, agreed that the nomination was well-deserved: “We agree with it – you’re our lifeline.”

Sue works in the Beaches team of community midwives, alongside Pat Birks and Jane Kirby at Caen Medical Centre in Braunton, and Natasha Boorman, Josie Townsend, Caroline Cousins and Helen Daly in Ilfracombe. Their ‘patch’ follows the coast from Chivenor to Lynton.

The Trust’s Head of Midwifery, Julia Drury, said: “We’ve got great teams of midwives, both geographically-based and at North Devon District Hospital, so for Sue to be nominated for an award like this is the icing on the cake.”

The Mamas and Papas awards are handed out in October. The winner, drawn from nine regional finalists, earns £1,000 plus a further £1,000 for her midwifery unit.

Parents can also win cash and savings prizes by making the winning nomination, explaining why their midwife was so special. This year’s awards are open to parents whose babies were born between 1 April 2007 and 15 August 2008.

Nominations can be made online at:

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Last updated: March 6, 2018