A dedicated Royal Surrey midwife has been named runner-up in a top national competition.
The day after scooping second place for Midwife of the Year at the prestigious British Journal of Midwifery Awards Tanya Ashton was straight back to work.
She celebrated her achievement by helping a couple welcome their third child – a girl – into the world.
Tanya said: “It has been completely overwhelming and humbling to be recognised by others for simply doing what I believe is my job. I still think that I am just an ordinary midwife.
“Being at a birth today (Wednesday) was the perfect way to celebrate. It was a beautiful birth and really reaffirmed why I do my job. I love empowering women to have the birth they want and to believe in themselves.”
The winners were announced in a black tie ceremony at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London on Tuesday, February 7.
Tanya was nominated for the award by both her colleagues and patients, who described her as a ‘role model’ who is the ‘embodiment of dedication, knowledge, skill and warmth.’
She is currently a supervisor of midwives at Royal Surrey, where she has worked for more than 14 years.
Tanya was also instrumental in creating the Trust’s Birth Options Clinic, which assists women to make informed decisions about their care, and is the current team leader of the Surrey Hills Home Birthing Team.
Chief Executive Paula Head joined the Trust’s Head of Midwifery, Jacqui Tingle, to congratulate Tanya.
“Our staff are incredibly dedicated to providing the best possible care for our patients and Tanya is a shining example of this.
“She has endless passion and enthusiasm for what she does and thinks nothing about going above and beyond for the mothers and babies she cares for.
“I think I speak for everyone at Royal Surrey when I say how incredibly proud we are of Tanya and what she has achieved.”
Jacqui Tingle added: “We’re delighted that Tanya’s hardwork and commitment to helping women make informed birthing choices has been recognised.”