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Maternity teams awarded for excellence

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Various maternity unit teams have been given awards at a ceremony in London after they saved the lives of 18 ‘miracle babies’.

The national MUM (Maternity Unit Miracles) Awards were held at the Rainforest Café in the capital to bring together 13 maternity unit teams and the children and parents they helped to save.

University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust won the national MUM award. The team was nominated by Claire Parry, who had a serious liver and blood clotting disorder and had two daughters born 13 weeks prematurely.

“It’s a very hard job that they do and must be very hard on them on the bad days when they can’t let their emotion show and yet they still remain strong and support the parents and care for the babies,” she said.

The trust’s chief executive officer, Andy Hardy, was grateful for the MUM award, which was launched in 2005 to celebrate maternity care excellence and recognise the work of NHS teams to ensure mothers and children are all healthy.

“The entire team are thrilled and delighted with this award. Each year staff deliver more than 6,000 babies and care for some of the sickest babies in the country in our intensive care baby unit,” he said.

“This is a fantastic accolade that I know the staff will treasure and we would like to thank everyone who nominated University Hospital and I would like to thank Claire particularly for her nomination.”

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