A new award recognising excellence in the provision of care for people who experience baby loss has been given to a leading midwife.
Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent has been named as the winner of the inaugural Mariposa ‘Archie’ Award. As previously reported, the awards were launched by the bereavement support charity the Mariposa Trust.
One of the charity’s ambassadors is Coronation Street actress and former popstar Kym Marsh. The new award was named in honour of the Ms Marsh’s son Archie who died during pregnancy and looks to recognise excellence in midwifery care.
It looks for someone who has done beyond what they needed to, and has strived to bring about lasting change.
Professor Dunkley-Bent is currently head of maternity, children and young people at NHS England and national maternity safety champion for the Department of Health.
The charity noted that, for the last 30 years, she had worked tirelessly to improve midwifery care, as well as to improve the care of those who sadly suffer the loss of a child.
“I am truly honoured and feel extremely privileged to receive this prestigious award”
The inaugural Mariposa Awards took place last month at the Savoy Hotel in London, recognising excellence in the provision of care for people who experience baby loss.
Professor Dunkley-Bent praised the amazing work of the tens of thousands of midwives across the country.
She said: “For me ‘the Archie Award’ represents the untimely loss of precious, tiny lives and the often indescribable life changing experiences of women and their families.
“These experiences for most, are coupled with heart felt, magnanimous care and support from midwives and in particular midwives whose work is primarily focused on supporting bereaved families,” she said.
She added: “I am truly honoured and feel extremely privileged to receive this prestigious award.”
Zoe Clark-Coates, founder and director of the charity, said: “The Mariposa Awards are about celebrating excellence, recognising the incredible work and care given by people within the medical profession, and also those involved in supporting the work of the charity.
“Baby loss is a traumatic and painful time for parents, as well as their extended family and friends, and compassionate care needs to be acknowledged and celebrated, and that is what the Mariposa Awards look to do,” she added.