Child and Maternal Health
RCM Annual Midwifery Awards – Mary Hannaway & Rhona Wilson
Policy into Practice – Keeping Mothers and Babies Together & JOHNSON’s Award for Excellence in Maternity Care
Our final RCM Award nominees are Mary Hannaway and Rhona Wilson, midwives from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde who are shortlisted for two RCM Award’s – Policy into Practice – Keeping Mothers and Babies Together and JOHNSON’s Award for Excellence in Maternity Care. These awards are for an individual or group of midwives who have pioneered an innovative development providing an excellent, compassionate standard of care to women, their babies and families.
We spoke to Mary and the team to find out more about their nomination:
Why were you nominated for your award?
We were nominated for our award as we made an innovative change to the practice of separating babies from their mothers at birth that required early treatment for risk of sepsis. Previously we removed the baby from the mum and sent the baby to the neonatal unit for cannulation and IV antibiotics. The baby could be away from parents for anything up to 6hours. These are the first hours following birth where babies had no skin to skin contact or initiation of feeding or bonding with mum. We developed a protocol whereby neonatal staff attend the baby at the mum’s bedside now and there is no separation.
What is your biggest achievement in your career?
Becoming the manager of the labour ward in Queen Elizabeth University hospital in Glasgow
What motivates you?
Delivering truly compassionate patient centred care to the families who come through our unit
How do you think Best Start will change the way you work?
Best start will see many Midwives previously based in hospital now out in the community working. Hospital based staff will care for more high risk women and see less normal pathway women. For both groups of staff this will require a huge adjustment and for our families the care will become much more family centred and this is the best way forward.
How do you think Best Start can help your day to day work?
Based in the hospital Best start will help my day to day work as I will manage a much more fluid workload.
Any best practice to share?
Do not separate babies from their mums at the point of birth. We have proven in our unit that this is unnecessary and avoidable in almost all cases. Do not accept the approach ’that’s how we’ve always done it.’ Know that you can challenge things.