Find out more about our Midwife of the Year shortlist

Molly Povey

‘She was like my guardian angel’

Molly has been praised by patients and their families for helping to bring life into the world.  There’s no better feeling than being recognised by three of your patients so Molly has certainly made an impact on many mothers.                

A partner of one of Molly’s patients was impressed enough to send in his nomination. He said: “My partner gave birth on New Year’s Eve and Molly was very laid back, she made sure we both understood everything as we both have autism and she made us feel relaxed with how well she handled everything.”

Another patient, Chelsea Witts, added: “I had a very traumatic birth and this lady was beside me every step of the way she protected me and was like my guardian angel. I can never thank her enough for what she did for me.

A third patient is determined that Molly should be recognised for the great care she received. She said: “Molly provided great care when I had my daughter. She kept me relaxed and calm throughout as I suffer from autism and she actually made me feel at ease with everything.

“She explained in short sentences so I understood and she took my wishes into consideration and stuck to my birthing plan, letting me cut the cord. She deserves this nomination and deserves to be shortlisted because she needs to be recognised.”

Vote for Molly as Midwife of the Year here.

Please note, you can only vote once in each category - and there's only one opportunity to vote in the NAMY Awards, so pick your finalists carefully!

Jodi Merrington

‘She turned into Superwoman’

This nomination sums up the life changing and impactful work of a midwife.  Sometimes things don’t go according to plan and it’s in those moments that a midwife turns into someone who is doing much more than delivering a baby. 

A patient said: “Jodi was the midwife who was there when I find out my son had no heartbeat in January. From that moment she turned into not only superwoman but she was my rock through the whole experience.

“I cannot imagine enduring the torture of having to go through that without her. She made me feel my boy was just as important as all the other babies and I was too. It must be so difficult to have to be on the other side and I just cannot thank her enough for the love and support she showed me and my partner in what was the worst time of our lives.

“It takes a special person to be a midwife but to be a midwife caring for a mum about to have her still born child, that’s an absolute angel. Unfortunately Jodi missed his birth by about an hour but as soon as she was back on shift she was straight back with me and my son and made me feel he was just as loved. I believe every mother who has Jodi as their midwife is so blessed and those who have experienced the sadness I did, would be lucky to have her supporting them.

“Thank you so much Jodi!”

Vote for Jodi as Midwife of the Year here.

Please note, you can only vote once in each category - and there's only one opportunity to vote in the NAMY Awards, so pick your finalists carefully!

Esther Mitchell

‘It felt like we were her number one priority’

Esther is a Newly Qualified Midwife who seems to be a natural when it comes to making the experience of having a baby as memorable as possible. This patient describes the care and effort Esther put into making her special moment even better…

“The experience was as magical and memorable as you would expect, made even more so by the expertise and compassionate care of our midwife Esther Mitchell.

It’s the little things that can make the biggest difference sometimes. From her initial introduction, Esther gained their trust. She saw that they were from a nearby village to her and immediately put them  at ease by sharing her knowledge of the area and common acquaintances.  “I know this sounds like a simple intervention, but it really helped put my wife and I at ease,” the patient said.

“At no point did she impose her opinion on us or dismiss our wants – she empowered us to make the positive decisions that were best for us and our baby. When we had to deviate from the plan, she carefully and calmly explained the reasons why and allowed us to make informed decisions.”

Another patient commented: “Esther provided the expertise you would expect from an experienced midwife, with the human touch of a truly decent person. As a family we are delighted to nominate Esther for this award. Whether she wins or not, NUH can be proud to call Esther a colleague - she is an excellent midwife, a wonderful person and exemplifies the values of Team NUH.”

Vote for Esther as Midwife of the Year here.

Please note, you can only vote once in each category - and there's only one opportunity to vote in the NAMY Awards, so pick your finalists carefully!

Chantelle Thornley

‘One on a million’

Chantelle struck up quite a relationship with her nominator, having been with her to deliver a number of babies over a 10 year period. She said she couldn’t find the words to describe what Chantelle has done for her over the years, but luckily she managed to find a few in the end…

“I simply can’t put down in words how much this lady deserves recognition for how blooming amazing she is.

“I first met her 10 years ago at my home birth. She delivered and revived my baby.  Then, one year later she attended my home birth and delivered my second daughter and managed help me with my wish to stay at home. She then looked after me in my 4th and now my 6th pregnancy.

“She really is something else and gives me the confidence to trust my own body and instincts -not put me in a box. She will talk everything through with me no matter how silly or how much time it takes. I believe this is what women need for a calm pregnancy.

“I have never known a midwife like her.  She is available day and night to help in any way that she can.  It probably seems nothing with these words I’ve written, but her fantastic work and dedication really does need recognition.

Vote for Chantelle as Midwife of the Year here.

Please note, you can only vote once in each category - and there's only one opportunity to vote in the NAMY Awards, so pick your finalists carefully!

“She is one in a million and truly amazing, and I feel blessed to have her as my midwife once again.”