Compassionate Croydon midwife claims top honour at awards

A Croydon midwife received the highest honour at the British Journal of Midwifery Practise Awards last week.

Memuna Sowe, of Croydon Health Services Trust, was named Midwife of the Year for her care and commitment towards helping some of the capital’s most vulnerable and underrepresented women.

The exceptional dedication and compassion of the capital’s midwives was highlighted as of the eleven awards, four winners were from London and another six were shortlisted.

Memuna was recognised alongside the achievements of other London midwives, such as Ealing’s Jessica Read who was nominated for an award in leadership.

Jessica from Ealing and Regional Maternity Lead for London said: “We are so proud of the fantastic work midwives in London are doing.

“Twenty percent of all births in England take place in London and these awards show that London midwives continue to succeed in providing compassionate and personalised care during one of the most significant experiences in a woman’s life.”

See below for a list of the wonderful winners and those recognised by being shortlisted.


  • Liz Gale, Mandy Stevenson, Yemi Onilude and Angeliki Bolou from Lewisham and Greenwich won the award for Contribution to Midwifery Education.
  • Deborah Livermore at St George’s University Hospital Trust won for Innovation in Practice
  • Birth Companions  of North East/Central London won the Charity of the Year award
  • Memuna Sowe at Croydon Health Services won Midwife of the Year


  • Jessica Read, Regional Maternity Lead for London, and Clare Capito, Deputy Regional Maternity Lead for London from NHS England were shortlisted for their work in Midwifery Leadership
  • Sarah Chitongo of Middlesex University was shortlisted for Use of Technology in Midwifery
  • Vikkie Coleman of Lewisham and Greenwich Trust for Contribution to Midwifery Education
  • Michelle Lynch of North Middlesex University Trust for Midwife of the Year
  • Justine White of Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Midwife or Peer Supporter in Improving Breastfeeding
  • Paula Cerrioni of Lewisham and Greenwich Trust for Student Midwife of the Year

Featured image courtesy of gabi menashe via Flickr, with thanks

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