Caring county midwife recognised for work at Royal - The Evesham Observer

Caring county midwife recognised for work at Royal

Evesham Editorial 8th Oct, 2019   0

A ‘KIND, caring and compassionate’ bereavement support midwife at the Worcestershire Royal has been nominated for a national award by a grateful family who benefited from her care following the loss of their baby.

Ashlea Gormley has been nominated in the midwife of the year category at the annual Butterfly Awards, which celebrate the survivors and those who offer support to those who lose a baby.

She was nominated by Joey who described Ashlea as ‘an absolute gem’ after she cared for her following the loss of her baby following a heart-breaking diagnosis of Edwards’ Syndrome – a rare but serious genetic condition.

The condition causes a wide range of severe medical problems which cause most babies to die before or shortly after being born.

“Ashlea was an instant ray of light in what was a very dark situation and made myself and Chris feel safe and well looked after,” Joey said.

“She was there at the beginning of the most awful day and managed to make it back just after I had delivered our baby. She is so fantastic at what she does and throughout this process, nothing has ever felt too much trouble – in fact, even though this is her job we have always felt like she wanted to help in every way she can.

“She has visited us at home a number of times to see how we were getting on, has been at the end of the phone every couple of days and collected our baby’s ashes for us because we just couldn’t bring ourselves to do it.

“I know I can text her at any time to seek advice and positive words  and I don’t think she knows just how comforting that can be at times of such sadness, angst and grief.

“Although some days can be extremely tough, I can’t help but let myself imagine a happy ending in this horrible situation we have found ourselves in. One day, if we are lucky enough, at the end of this journey Ashlea will deliver our rainbow baby,” she added.

The popular midwife said she was touched to recieve the nomination from Joey and her family

“It’s always lovely to receive kind words from the families I support and I am very proud to be part of a team that makes a positive difference at such a hard time,” Ashlea said.

Visit to vote for Ashlea in the Butterfly Awards.

Winners will be announced at the ceremony on Saturday, October 19.

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