Jan Hall was struck speechless after she was named the Midwife of the Year.
Jan, who is based at Dewsbury District Hospital, was nominated for her work supporting families who have sadly lost their baby.
She runs a monthly bereavement group at Dewsbury Hospital, as well as organising an annual service for those affected. Jan’s nominator described her as “an angel, a Godsend and an asset to maternity services”.
The midwife was stunned to be named winner: “I am speechless. This means everything.”
Afterwards, she said: “I’m absolutely delighted. This is the other side of pregnancy which people find it difficult to talk about.”
The other shortlisted nominees were Steph Naylor, who works at St James’s Hospital, who was put forward for her reassuring care of a lady during a second pregnancy after she had previously suffered a late miscarriage; Anne Bibby, a community midwife who supported a mum whose son was stillborn and then through a subsequent pregnancy, inspiring her to train to become a midwife and Nicola Pye, lead midwife at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, who set up a new role supporting newly-qualified colleagues.