An “inspiring” midwife who cares for expectant mums faced with losing their babies has been nominated in the Yorkshire Evening Post Best of Health Awards.
Pauline Daley is the senior midwife lead for early pregnancy services at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, looking after women going through the trauma of miscarriage.
She has been put forward in the Midwife of the Year category, sponsored by the University of Leeds School of Healthcare.
Pauline, who led the development Early Pregnancy Unit at Dewsbury and District Hospital, was nominated by a colleague for her support and work ethic.
“She is so patient-focused even though her job list is endless – her patients always come first,” nominator Jessica Cummins wrote.
“Our patients are going through a horrible time in their lives, with us dealing with miscarriages on a daily basis, and the way Pauline deals with each person individually is inspiring to me.”
Two years ago she came to Dewsbury to develop the early pregnancy service and it now mirrors what is offered at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield.
“I am really proud, I feel like I have left a little bit of something behind,” she said.
Pauline said she was part of a team who strived to ensure women had the support they needed.
“My job is to make sure every patient is treated with respect and dignity, and they are treated as individuals.
“Even after 35 years, I still enjoy coming to work. I always think that if I help women and they come back and get good news, it’s a job well done.
“And if you can see someone through what is an awful traumatic time and they feel supported, you feel you are doing something right.”
Still working to develop the service, she said she was “touched” to be nominated.
“It’s very nice, though I am really shocked,” she said.
The YEP Best of Health Awards, sponsored by Sovereign Health Care, include 10 categories for frontline health workers and others in the field.