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Healthy pregnancy service in running for award

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Two midwives from Yorkshire have been shortlisted for an award recognising innovations that could transform the NHS.

Carolyn Garland and Alison Williams support pregnant women to improve their eating habits and begin gentle exercise during pregnancy. They work particularly with women who struggle to maintain healthy eating habits. 

Both are specialist healthy lifestyle midwives at Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Foundation Trust.

They have been shortlisted for a Medipex NHS Innovation Award recognising ideas that could make significant improvements if adopted elsewhere in Yorkshire and the Humber and the East Midlands.

Their service was launched three years ago in Doncaster and has now been rolled out across Bassetlaw. 

In addition to having healthier pregnancies, women that have used the service have proved less likely to need caesarean sections for medical reasons and more likely to breastfeed their babies than women in other areas of the country.

Ms Garland said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have reached the finals of these awards. Pregnancy is a time when women can experience a vast range of emotions and concerns, and this can include their body image and weight. 

“Our work is about supporting them in a sensitive and non-judgmental way to make lifestyle changes that will enable their babies and them to enjoy a healthier pregnancy and the best possible start in life.”

They will find out whether they have won at an awards ceremony in Wakefield on 11 October.

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