A dedicated midwife from Royal Surrey County Hospital has been named a finalist in a top national competition.

Tanya Ashton has been shortlisted for Midwife of the Year 2017 by the prestigious British Journal of Midwifery (BJM) at their annual Practice Midwifery Awards.

The accolade is presented to a midwife who has demonstrated outstanding dedication and commitment to the caring of the mother and baby.

Tanya was nominated for the award by her colleagues, who describe her as a ‘role model’ who is the ‘embodiment of dedication, knowledge, skill and warmth.’

The judges praised the ‘high standard’ of submissions as they announced the two finalists in the seven categories.

The winners will be announced at a glittering black tie ceremony at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London on February 7.

Tanya is currently a supervisor of midwives at Royal Surrey, where she has worked for more than 14 years.

She 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 Birth Team.

Tanya said: “I am humbled and honoured to have been shortlisted for Midwife of the Year at BJM Practice Awards.

“Each day I meet the most amazing women and feel incredibly privileged to support them to give birth.”

Jacqui Tingle, Head of Midwifery, said: “We are delighted that Tanya’s hard work and commitment to helping women make informed birthing choices has been recognised at a national level.

“This is a testament to her exemplary work ethic, which sees her repeatedly go beyond the call of duty to deliver excellent patient care to both mothers and babies.

“Tanya is also forever willing to share her vast wealth of knowledge and experience with junior colleagues.

“I know that the entire maternity unit will join me by wishing her the best of luck on February 7.”


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