A DEDICATED midwife has been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award for her hard work during the pandemic and for going the extra mile for her patients.

Kerry Stanley, 47, has worked as a midwife for more than 15 years and has helped many women through their pregnancy and labour.

Emily Laffey is one of those women who wanted to thank Kerry for helping her to stay calm through her home birth in November.

“Kerry went above and beyond for us,” said Emily, 26, from Hollowdeen, Gawber. “I knew I wanted a home birth because I’m not a fan of hospitals and Kerry helped to keep myself and my partner calm throughout the whole process.

“She actually changed shifts so that she could help me on the night my daughter was born. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without her and I want to thank her for everything she has done.”

Kerry’s daughter, Deni, revealed the hard work her mum puts in away from the hospital as a carer.

“My grandma was diagnosed with cancer around five years ago and mum has cared for her through her treatment,” said Deni. “She also cared for my brother who also was diagnosed with cancer, and looked after her granddaughter all while working a full-time job at the hospital.

“She really is a superwoman, and I am proud to call her my mum.”

Kerry has been nominated in the Hospital Hero category and said she was ‘shocked’ she had been nominated.

“I love my job but sometimes it is difficult,” said Kerry, 47, of Little Stubbing, Wombwell. “2020 was a difficult year with a lot of changes and this nomination has really cheered me up.

“I am shocked that I am nominated but I want to say thank you. It’s a lovely boost after a difficult time.”