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Double the joy for Ceredigion community midwives

Community midwives in north Ceredigion are celebrating after winning two awards in recognition of their home birth skills.

The team were recognised at this year’s Maternity and Midwifery Awards for their efforts in promoting the home birth service and increasing the local home birth rate significantly.

The team has also won an Iolanthe Midwifery Trust award which will allow the team to attend an "Appropriate Skills and Appropriate Places" workshop to improve home birth services.

Becky Westbury Community Midwife Team Leader North Ceredigion said: “The team are thrilled to have been named Team of the Year in the Maternity and Midwifery Awards. 

“We feel we work very well together to provide continuity of care, and care that is individually suited to the needs of women and families. 

“We have worked hard to re-establish a home birth service in our area, and are pleased to be offer choice to women. 

“The home birth rate has increased significantly since 2018, and we have had some lovely feedback from women and families about this. 

“As a team we all thoroughly enjoy our jobs and feel privileged to support women and families at such an important time in their lived.”

The team have worked hard to increase the number of home births. In 2018, two babies were born at home in the county, which significantly increased this year with 11 home births to date.

Becky added: “The funding from the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust will enable midwives to attend a specialist home birth skills course, which will further improve knowledge and expertise and improve care for women and families. 

“We feel passionate about supporting women to birth in their chosen location, and a safe home and successful home birth service ensures these choices are available.”