Daisy Hill Hospital Midwife wins prestigious award

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Friday, January 29th, 2016
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Nominated by Aine Cunningham, a local mum and a midwife herself, Donna McLoughlin has been honoured as the Emma’s Diary Mums’ Midwife of the Year 2016 for Northern Ireland. Midwife Donna  Mum AineThe award is one of The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards, recognising the incredible work done by exceptional midwives across the country. Midwives play such a pivotal role in so many mums’ lives and the Emma’s Diary Mums’ Midwife of the Year Award enables them to pay a heartfelt tribute to their own special midwife who truly surpassed what was expected of them before, during and/or after the birth. Sadly at 35weeks pregnant Aine was induced and her baby boy, who was named Eoghan, was born sleeping. Donna was with Aine from the moment she arrived and was there to explain each step of the process and ensure she and her husband were involved in all the decision making. Aine, who nominated Donna for the award explained,  “All I can say is that Donna was like our guardian angel. The care we received was personal, seamless and the continuity was impeccable. This life changing event was made that bit easier by her understanding, knowledge, kindness, compassion and her true professionalism.” On winning the award, midwife Donna told Newry Times, “You come in to do your job the best you can, you aren’t expecting any awards, but to know someone has taken the time to nominate you is very touching. “I was Aine’s mentor when she was training to be a midwife and delivered her first baby 11 years earlier. So we already had a special relationship and I just tried to help her find the strength to keep going during such a difficult time.” Donna will join the six other regional winners at a central London awards ceremony, where Donna will collect her trophy and find out who will be crowned the coveted overall national winner.
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