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Poole Hospital maternity support worker named national support worker of the year

A Poole Hospital maternity support worker, who works with vulnerable mums-to-be and their families, has been named national support worker of the year by the Royal College of Midwives

Hazel Harvey
Hazel Harvey

Hazel Harvey, who has been in the role for seven years, was put forward for the award by her manager and the hospital’s lead midwife for safeguarding, Kerry Medina.

Hazel works closely with mums-to-be from early pregnancy right up to, and beyond, the birth.

She helps mums-to-be who are smokers to quit, and provides women with practical parenting skill to boost their confidence.


Bradbury Bichard


Bradbury Bichard

Hazel, a trained newborn behavioural observation practitioner, said, “Some mums struggle with their mental health around pregnancy, and with bonding and attachment.

My role is really to support the mum and their family to create the best possible environment for their baby, and to be with them every step of the way.”

Hazel added, “I was completely shocked with the award, and I still am. I have worked very hard and had great support from my colleagues, so it is a real honour.

“I strive to do my best for the women and babies under our care, and it is really rewarding to know that those efforts are recognised.”

Gill Walton, chief executive of the RCM, said, “Hazel’s work has made a big difference to the many women and their families in Dorset and I wholeheartedly congratulate her on being named MSW of the year.”

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