Joanne’s first class delivery!

Midwife Joanne Price with her nominating mum Lindsey and baby Violet
Midwife Joanne Price with her nominating mum Lindsey and baby Violet

A kind-hearted midwife from St Helens has won a coveted award.

Joanne Price was nominated for the Johnson’s Midwife of the Year Award by proud new mum Lindsey Gaskell after going the extra mile during and after the birth of her daughter Violet.

The Whiston Hospital midwife has since been crowned the North England champion.

Lindsey was pregnant with her first child and had to be taken to hospital as she was struggling to breathe.

At hospital they discovered fluid around her heart and lungs, causing pressure as well as pain.

But Joanne was immediately hands on, explaining every process and every test, taking time to comfort Lindsey. After the birth Joanne carefully placed baby Violet onto Lindsey’s chest as soon as she could to encourage bonding,

Joanne said: “Becoming a parent is an exciting time. I’m just happy I was able to provide the support needed to make Lindsey’s experience a special one.

“I’m thrilled to have won this award and I hope it helps to highlight the fantastic work being done at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.”

Proud mum Lindsey Gaskell added: “Joanne was very supportive and caring, but most importantly she was fun and made the experience enjoyable.

“She spent her whole shift with me and even came back the following day to support me further. The care she gave to me and my new baby was exceptional.”

The six regional winners will be recognised and awarded trophies at The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) annual awards ceremony in London on March 3.

Winners will collect their awards from Professor Cathy Warwick CBE.

The overall national UK winner will also be announced.

Louise Silverton, director for midwifery at The RCM, said: “Not only do these awards allow mothers to thank their midwives for their exceptional work, but it also enables them to pay tribute to the fantastic job they do every single day.

“Even in the case of the unexpected, midwives can go the extra mile to help make the experience of having a baby a positive one.”