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Ipswich Hospital specialist midwife humbled after receiving Archie award




A specialist midwife who works at Ipswich Hospital says she is humbled after receiving a major national award in recognition of the support she provides to parents who have lost babies.

Ali Brett won the Archie award at a ceremony held by the Mariposa Trust in London at the start of the month.

The award recognises excellence in care and support for those who have lost babies.

Ali Brett with her Archie award. Picture: East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust.
Ali Brett with her Archie award. Picture: East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust.

It is named after TV soap actress Kym Marsh’s son, who died during pregnancy.

Although Ali was on holiday when the winners were announced, she was thrilled that her daughter Amber and three volunteers from Ipswich Hospital’s Baby Bereavement Group could attend the ceremony on her behalf and video call her as her name was read out.

“It was very humbling and a great honour to be nominated, and absolutely amazing to win,” Ali said.

Baby Bereavement Group Volunteers Nina Parnham, Laura Houlden and Kirsten Almond with Ali's daughter, Amber Brett. Picture: East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust.
Baby Bereavement Group Volunteers Nina Parnham, Laura Houlden and Kirsten Almond with Ali's daughter, Amber Brett. Picture: East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust.

“Amber and the group members kept me updated with what was happening during the evening and it was really special to hear my name announced.

“The award may have my name on it, but it represents our fantastic work family, who continuously provide safe and compassionate maternity care every day and night.

"It is also recognition of the dedication that our amazing volunteers show to the Baby Bereavement Group. They are just incredible.”

Ali was also nominated in the bereavement midwife category.

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