Outstanding contribution to midwifery is recognised
A MIDWIFE at Wexham Park has received a national award from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).
Gergana Nikolova has been awarded an RCM fellowship as a recognition for her outstanding contribution to midwifery and maternity services.
She has been at the heart of the development of the vulnerable mothers team at her trust to ensure these women received the best possible care.
Her passion is to ensure that all mothers, regardless of background, have access to equal antenatal education and maternity care.
She also takes a leadership role in improving the care and experience of black, Asian and ethnic minority (BME) mothers.
Her latest project is an online antenatal and postnatal education strategy to enhance safe and evidence based maternity care for BME women, which has received wide recognition.
She was awarded the prestigious Mary Seacole Award and Scholarship for 2015-2016 and has been invited to present at ministerial meetings in the Houses of Parliament.
A midwife for more than 20 years she has also published widely and is a columnist for the biggest maternity Journal in Bulgaria.
Gergana received the award on July 26 at the Royal College of Midwives Zepherina Veitch Memorial Lecture in Leeds.
She said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the RCM, the Mary Seacole Committee and of course my trust, for the support they have provided me with throughout my professional carrier.
“It is an honour to be an RCM fellow, not just because it has given me the opportunity to work with excellent professionals, but also because it provides me with a platform to work even harder and embrace one of the best maternity services in the world.”
Nicola Ranger, Frimley Health’s director of nursing, said: “We are really proud to have Gergana on the Frimley Health team and we’re all delighted that everything she has achieved professionally is being recognised in this special way.
“She is totally committed to her work and to meeting the needs of the local community we serve.”
Professor Lesley Page, president of the RCM, said: “I am delighted that Gergana’s work has been recognised in this way.
“She has shown leadership, passion and commitment to deliver better services for women who have too often not had the services they needed.
“I hope this spurs her on to even more achievement in the future.”