I suffered with Gestational Diabetes with 3 of my pregnancies and one thing is for sure – I would not have got through them without the support of the Health Care Professionals that looked after me both during and after each pregnancy.
Leaving hospital with a new baby can be a daunting experience, especially with your first baby, after all, in the real world, babies don’t come with an instruction manual, and new parents can be bombarded with well-meaning advice and information. As many as 20% of new mums in the UK suffer from psychological issues in the first year of parenthood, and this is where the care of a supportive health visitor, nurse or family doctor can make all the difference to a mum in need.
The Real World Parenting Awards was launched in July with two separate categories: one for health professionals, which has been developed by the Primary Care Society for Gastroenterology, and one for supportive family and friends. Both awards are supported by an educational grant from Infacol.
The health professional category will recognise the dedication, compassion and hard work of health professionals across the UK. Whether they’re advising on trouble with latching, helping through the tough times of colic or supporting new parents through mental health issues, they are an invaluable resource to mums and dads across the UK.
“Becoming a parent for the first time isn’t easy, and the first six months can be especially tough,” explains PCSG Chair, Dr. Richard Stevens*. “That’s why families need support, and the encouragement they receive from their GP or health visitor can make all the difference. As professionals, we sometimes forget we can provide a lot by just being there and being constant.”
The second category for family and friends will highlight the importance of listening, and providing love and encouragement.
“Having a baby is a life changing experience and an incredible one, but it can be stressful,” says Dr. Hilary Jones, who will be part of the judging panel. “If you’re lucky enough to have a wonderful family around you, or great friends, it can make a huge difference.”
Nominations are open now, with a presentation in November, and are open from appreciative parents, colleagues or the individuals themselves. The entry criteria are simple: an individual who has demonstrated the ability to go above and beyond. Just let us know their name, workplace (if nominating a health professional) and why you want to nominate them by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for nominations is August 31st. Entries will be judged by a panel of PCSG Chair Dr. Richard Stevens*, GP Dr. Hilary Jones**, and Native Media founder and mum-of-three Jo Studholme.
The winning health professional will receive an educational grant of £1000 from the PCSG to further their career or chosen area of research. Those who nominate their superstar health professional will also be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win a short break at Knoll House, Britain’s original family friendly hotel (I live close by and trust me, it is a stunning place to stay!).