Service helping pregnant women at Pilgrim is nominated for award

Sally Foster and Ailsa McGiveron
Sally Foster and Ailsa McGiveron

Midwives who help pregnant women get healthy before they give birth at Pilgrim Hospital have been shortlisted for a national award.

The Bumps and Beyond service is one of three shortlisted in the Slimming World Award for Public Health category of the Royal College of Midwives’ Annual Midwifery Awards.

Bumps and Beyond, run by Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, provides one-to-one advice and support throughout pregnancy to mums-to-be with a BMI of 35 and above.

Its aim is to help them to avoid excessive weight gain, while lowering the risk of complications such as raised blood pressure, gestational diabetes and the chances of having a caesarean section.

Over the past 18 months, more than 800 women have used the service, which also runs in Lincoln.

The winner will be announced at The Brewery, London, on January 22.

Royal College of Midwives chief executive Cathy Warwick said: “It is vital that midwives and maternity services keep thinking about the services they offer mothers, babies and families, and continue to push boundaries and innovate, as this team has done.”

Ailsa McGiveron, Healthy Lifestyles Midwife at LCHS, said: “We’re very proud to have our work recognised by the judges. Our aim is to help mums have healthy, happy pregnancies. In appointments we cover a range of topics which contribute to a healthier lifestyle.

“This includes basic nutrition, healthy shopping, cooking skills, portion sizes and being active. The judge’s recognition isn’t only testament to the Bumps and Beyond team, but the commitment of the mums using the service to keep themselves and their babies healthy.”