Helen Howard, Tameside Hospital’s Infant Feeding Coordinator and and Supervisor of Midwives, was given the accolade at a glittering ceremony for the British Journal of Midwifery awards on Thursday 16 May.
Humble Helen said: “I just do the job that I enjoy and I’m just very thankful it’s such a lovely thing to do. It’s a privilege.”
TamesideHospital’s head of midwifery and women’s services Lesley Tones said: “Helen continually goes that extra mile to support women and their families. She instils her enthusiasm and shares her knowledge and skills whilst teaching students, midwives, nurses, support staff and medical staff. In November last year she introduced the frenulotomy service for the babies of Tameside, Glossop and beyond and as a result reduced the waiting times from six to eight weeks to less than one week.
“This is the fourth time in the last three years that Helen has supported women who have been diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy and in my opinion this cannot go without recognition.
“She is the utmost professional at all times and ensures that women and their families that she works with have and an outstanding level of care and for this reason I nominated Helen to receive the 'community midwife of the year award.”