The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Leeds maternity team crowned ‘WaterWipes Team of the Year’ by RCM

7 May 2020

A maternity team that has worked for a decade to improve outcomes for BAME and vulnerable women in Leeds has been named WaterWipes Maternity Team of the Year by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).

The winning maternity service from Leeds Teaching Hospitals was established in 2010 after a Local Health Needs Assessment identified gaps in service provision for asylum seekers, refugees, women who have been trafficked, survivors of FGM and socially isolated homeless women.

RCM winnersThe multidisciplinary team consists of two midwives, Victoria Cranston and Hannah Marsh, two bilingual maternity support workers, a team co-ordinator and an FGM specialist midwife. The service is also supported by two specialist midwives who focus on infant feeding and domestic violence.

Crucially women can receive full antenatal, postnatal care and infant feeding support with interpreters where required in their own homes.

Commenting, Gill Walton Chief Executive of the RCM said: “It gives me great pleasure to congratulate the entire maternity team at Leeds Teaching Hospital for the work that they have done and continue to do in ensuring all pregnant women, including those most vulnerable women are receiving personalised, high quality maternity care. This team is truly innovative and are using a diverse mix of midwifery skills to deliver maternity care to a diverse population in Leeds. The team has worked tirelessly to empower and inform women, also improving access to maternity services and putting women at the centre of their own care and this is certainly something to celebrate.”

The Haamla Service run weekly midwife led antenatal and postnatal clinics for women who have experienced FGM. Maternity support workers promote access to maternity services by running weekly antenatal classes and having their own caseload of women they support. Antenatal classes are run in their different geographical areas, specifically those with high BAME population; and a bimonthly hospital class including a tour of the Delivery Suite is also available

Commenting, Jill Sommerville, Director of Medical at WaterWipes said: “The award for Team of the Year recgonises the excellent work midwifery and maternity teams around the country do day in and day out. It gives WaterWipes great pleasure to congratulate Victoria Cranston and Hannah Marsh, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust for winning the RCM team of the year 2020 sponsored by WaterWipes. The team in Leeds Teaching Hospital have shown such commitment to ensuring that high quality midwifery care is available for those women in the Leeds Area – well done!”