Many congratulations to Tanya Logue, Maternity Care Assistant (MCA) in Delivery Suite, who has been shortlisted for the Community Award at the Mariposa Awards 2020 in recognition of the support she has given families going through pregnancy loss.
Tanya, who has been an MCA in delivery suite for more than 15 years, works with Bereavement Midwife Helen Braid to provide support not only to families going through baby loss, but also to other members of staff.
She is the first MCA to have been made a member of the National Bereavement Midwives Forum, as they recognised her knowledge and experience in this area of care.
Tanya said: “It is such a shock to receive this nomination and to be shortlisted, I feel very humble but also very proud. I take great pride in working with pregnancy loss, to be involved in the care with these families is an honour and a privilege during what is often the worst time of their life.
She continued: “As a bereaved mother myself, I know just how important these precious moments in hospital are as they leave everlasting memories and it’s about making those precious brief moments count.
“I couldn’t do my job without the support and encouragement from of Helen our Bereavement Midwife and also my colleagues on delivery suite and I want to thank them all for always believing in me.”
Tanya Logue and Helen Braid
Helen Braid added: “Tanya has touched the lives of so many families that they frequently remember her and when some return pregnant with their rainbow babies (babies born after baby loss) Tanya is often the first person they want to see to share their news. It is wonderful that her dedication has been recognised in this way.”
The awards ceremony is on 28 March and we will be keeping our fingers crossed for Tanya.
To families of all our patients, we wanted to give a reminder that sadly, at both Bedford and the Luton & Dunstable Hospital, we are still unable to allow any visitors on site, unless there are exceptional circumstances, for example in maternity or children’s departments, or for those patients who are receiving palliative treatment at the end of their lives, on a case-by-case basis.
At Bedford changes are being made to support services and we would now ask that, from Saturday 6 June 2020, you contact the wards using the direct lines found here.
For the Luton & Dunstable, we are offering a dedicated Next of Kin helpline for family members who want to check up on their loved ones – please nominate one family member to call 01582 718884 between 8am and 6pm.