Ceredigion mums-to-be can rest assured their precious deliveries will be exemplary thanks to Bronglais Hospital’s maternity team scooping the prestigious 2023 UK MUM (Maternity Unit Marvels) award in recognition of the role they play in supporting expectant parents.

Arranged by Baby Lifeline, which is a leading maternity-safety charity, the awards enabled membersof the public who had experienced complications or problems with their pregnancy or birth within the last eight years to nominate the team of professionals who looked after them and who ensured their baby’ssurvival.

Voting then took place in May 2023, and the winners were announced at the MUM Awards Gala Dinner, hosted by television presenter Nick Owen, at The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Kathryn Greaves, Head of Midwifery at Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “Winning the award has been a fantastic recognition of the collective efforts of our team and being nominated and voted for by members of the public, people who we’ve worked with to support through their pregnancies and births, makes it particularly special for us.”

Members of the Hywel Dda team were also invited to a private reception for nominated healthcare professionals at Downing Street, in recognition of their contribution and achievement in being nominated for the award.

Mandy Rayani, Director of Nursing, Quality and Patient Experience at Hywel Dda University Health Board, added: “I’m delighted for Kathryn and the team who’ve worked incredibly hard over the years to support members of our communities. Pregnancy can be both an exciting and a worrying time, and our teams try their very best to ensure that they treat all patients with compassion and the best care possible.”

Baby Lifeline is a unique national charity whose mission is to make care safer and better for every pregnant woman, birthing person, and newborn baby all over the UK and worldwide.

It was founded by Judy Ledger over 40 years ago after the tragic loss of her first three babies who were all sadly born too small to survive. Judy initially set out to raise funds for just one incubator at her local neonatal unit. Four decades later, Baby Lifeline is now recognised as one of the UK’s leading mother and newborn baby charities.

Alongside other national organisations, Baby Lifeline contributes towards achieving the National Ambition of reducing stillbirths, neonatal and maternal deaths, and brain injuries in babies that occur during or soon after birth by 50 per cent by 2025.