A Kingston midwife has won a prestigious award and been crowned Midwife of the Year 2016.
Nominated by mum Gillian Breen, Hilary Scott has been honoured as the Emma’s Diary Mums’ Midwife of the Year 2016 for the London region.
The award is one of The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards, recognising the incredible work done by exceptional midwives across the country.
Gillian had been in labour for 30 hours with her first baby when she arrived at the midwife-led birth centre at Kingston Hospital.
From the moment she and her husband met Hilary they felt at ease and knew they were in safe hands.
Hilary used her wealth of experience to make Gillian feel empowered and calm, which allowed her to have the birth of her dreams.
Gillian, who nominated Hilary for the award said:“Hilary was absolutely amazing at the birth of our first baby.
“We really could not have asked for more. She was so calm and encouraging, and she made sure my husband was involved at every step.
“We knew we were in the best hands and as a result I felt energised, confident and determined.
“I’m sure she’s delivered thousands of babies in her 20 years as a midwife but on February 6 2015 she made us feel like there had never been a more momentous birth!”
Hilary said: “My work as a midwife is a very important part of my life, and the women I help to care for are at its centre.
“To be nominated by Gillian for this award is the biggest honour I could have received.
“I am so proud to be in our profession and I love every minute of my work – the team, the women we care for, the babies we help to deliver and the families we meet.
“I am truly very lucky.”