A mum who experienced the pain of a stillbirth has nominated a St Helens midwife for a top award, hailing her as an “amazing woman”.
Julie Sanderson, a midwife at Whiston Hospital, was nominated as midwife of the year by bereaved parent Louisa Gardiner following the sad loss of her son Bobby.
The Butterfly Award recognised the outstanding support Julie has provided to the family over the last 18 months.
Louisa said: “Julie delivered my son Bobby for me. Since that day, I have discovered what a wonderful job she has done for other people in the same position as me.
“I knew Bobby would be stillborn before I gave birth and on the day he was born, Julie remained calm, attentive, listened to my concerns and kept me informed of what to expect.
“I was worried that Julie’s shift would finish before he arrived so I asked her what time she was on shift until. ‘9pm, so I hope I get to meet him’.
“At the time, I thought this was an odd thing to say, but now this means the world to me as there are very few people who would want to see my stillborn son, let alone ‘meet’ him or be my midwife that day.”
She added: “Julie looked after him as though he were a live new born and was most gentle. I cannot thank her enough for the kind, considerate way she looked after me and my family.
“We are still in touch 18 months on, and now that I am pregnant again, Julie has been a massive support, answering all my questions and reassuring me when I worry.
“She really is an amazing woman, she has given me so much of her time and I know she does it for other people too. She is a wonderful lady and midwife and I am very lucky that I got to meet her.”
The Butterfly Awards celebrate those who help, support or raise money for people who suffer the loss of a baby and look set to be even bigger than ever with 300 people expected to attend and many to receive awards for the courage they have shown or the work they do in supporting those going through baby loss.
The public vote for the awards began on 23rd August 2014.
To vote for Julie, go online at: www.thebutterflyawards.com/index.php/voting