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Barnsley Hospital Midwife Up For National Award

Monday October 7 2013


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A MIDWIFE at Barnsley Hospital who helps bereaved families to cope with the loss of a baby or child has been shortlisted for a national award.

Cath Jones, the hospital’s bereavement midwife, has made the final six in the 'Midwife' category of the highly regarded Butterfly Awards, which celebrate and recognise the achievements of families overcoming baby loss and the health care professionals who support them.

Cath, who has worked in the role for ten years, was nominated by one of her patients, Emma Breeds, for the outstanding care and compassion she showed her when she lost a baby.

Emma said: "Although I didn't meet Cath at the time our angel was born, she has been a huge support in the months and years that have passed since.

"She's a wonderful person - she's always at the end of a phone when you need someone to talk to."

Cath helps families who lose a baby or a child by providing advice and support and makes herself available every day of the week between the hours of 8am and 10pm.

She keeps in contact with families no matter how long ago their baby or child passed away - and is even in touch with one family she met ten years ago.

This outstanding level of commitment has even led to Cath being invited to christenings, weddings and birthday parties.

Cath said: "Since I started I’ve always been determined to make our service as good as it possibly can be for our patients and their families.

"I think it’s really important to develop good relationships with families and to help them in the long term, not just immediately after they have suffered their loss.

"It's an enormous privilege to be shortlisted in these awards, but it wouldn’t have happened without the fantastic support of the hospital and my colleagues."

Sue Gibson, the hospital's head of midwifery, said: "Cath does a wonderful job and we're all so proud of her. I strongly encourage people to vote for her so she can gain the recognition she deserves."

To vote for Cath, click here and click on the ‘Voting’ tab at the top. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on October 19.

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Reply Posted by mrs a on Monday October 7 2013 at 15:35
She deserves the award 100% she obviously goes that extra mile to support those families who have suffered a loss x

Reply Posted by Debbie on Monday October 7 2013 at 15:50
She helped me after I lost my son and daughter she's a very nice lady she deserves this xx

Reply Posted by yasmin on Monday October 7 2013 at 17:01
She is an amazing, extremely compassionate woman who is always there with a kind face and wise words. She deserves this

Reply Posted by Emma Breeds on Monday October 7 2013 at 17:27
Every hospital needs a Cath Jones. She has been there for us in the last five years since the loss of our second baby. And she provided much needed support and an ear through two very scary pregnancies following our loss. She is a wonderful lady hence why I nominated her for this award. So please please vote for her xx

Reply Posted by TJM on Monday October 7 2013 at 18:23
I wish I had someone like her to talk to when I lost my son seven years ago. The staff at Sheffield children's hospital were fantastic but I was never given any kind of help after I left the hospital. I do not know her but she has my vote !

Reply Posted by eleanor on Monday October 7 2013 at 19:21
Cath deserves this award 100%, she was there anytime of the day for me n my partner, im sure for other familys aswel, amazing women who loves her job & goes the extra mile !

Reply Posted by Susannah on Monday October 7 2013 at 19:48
Cath is wonderful and always goes that extra mile, having met her under terrible circumstances she has been a great support and is a fantastic friend.

Reply Posted by lisa on Monday October 7 2013 at 21:27
cath is an absolutely fantastic lady who truly deserves the award x was a great help to me and my family and helped us thru a terrible time xx

Reply Posted by claire on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 13:02
Cath deserves to win and much much more. Wouldnt have got through the tragic time with out her help, support, care and compassion. Words can't describe how eternally grateful I am.

Reply Posted by John on Wednesday October 9 2013 at 14:47
Cath always goes that extra mile, She must be the most patient person I’ve ever met. She deserves a medal as big as a dustbin lid.

Reply Posted by Rachel McGill on Wednesday October 9 2013 at 19:00
Just had to vote for this'angel' who came into our lives at the worst time and made things a little easier. From practical advice ( my knob head boss was being an arse). To emotional back up. We will never forget how she helped our family through what was the most devastating time.

Reply Posted by justine on Wednesday October 9 2013 at 22:01
Cath deserves this award. Its no contest. Such a kind thoughtful lady who does so much. She first came into our lives 6 years ago n never forgot us...even visiting us in hospital whilst in labour with our further 3 daughters and again when they were all born. Such a star xxx

Reply Posted by Kim on Thursday October 10 2013 at 10:02
Definitely deserves an award. She's helped me so much

Reply Posted by emz on Saturday October 12 2013 at 17:09
how do u vote ?