The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch hospitals’ Sunshine Midwifery Team has been highly commended for providing excellent care for parents and babies in their first 1,000 days.
The Sunshine midwives are employed by the hospital Trust and have a base at the Providence Surgery in Boscombe. They provide care to vulnerable women, including victims of domestic violence, those with mental health problems and learning difficulties, women who have problems with substance misuse, teenagers and women who have been trafficked.
The team was commended for the service it provides to these women at the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Maternity’s First 1,000 Days Awards, held at the House of Commons.
Julie Davies, Sunshine Team leader, was delighted with the award. She said: “It’s a real acknowledgement of the hard work we’ve put in over the past six years. The awards ceremony was really lovely and it was good to hear about the cutting edge things people are doing, as well as celebrating the many initiatives to support mothers in their first 1,000 days, improving outcomes for parents and their children. We aim to ensure our families get really great continuity of care.”
Awards host David Amess, MP said: “These services are essential to ensure new parents and their babies receive the best possible care.
The people that we are celebrating today have all gone the extra mile to ensure that this care has been delivered. They have done some tremendously inspirational work and I hope that they will encourage best practice across the health service.”