Lothian Midwife Scoops Scottish Award

A Lothian midwife has been awarded the prestigious title of ‘Scottish Midwife of the Year 2008’ for outstanding work with a mother who lost her sight during pregnancy.

Nan Crichton, Community Midwife at NHS Lothian, beat off stiff competition from other midwives across Scotland to become the regional winner. The award recognises dedication and commitment, beyond the call of duty, which is delivered day in and day out.

Suzanne Sim nominated Nan for her exceptional care following a medical condition which left her blind during her pregnancy.

In her letter of commendation Suzanne said:


“Nan prepared me for motherhood with lots of advice and she went out of her way to be helpful and discussing ways of doing things with my limited vision.
Not being able to read my baby books was very difficult but I knew any questions I had, would be soon answered with a phone call to Nan. “


Nan said:
“I am absolutely thrilled to be a finalist for the award. I would like to thank Suzanne and Stuart for taking the time, at this extremely busy period in their family life, to nominate me and I am look forward to seeing them at the award ceremony.


Dr Charles Winstanley, chairman, NHS Lothian, said:
"We are delighted that Nan Crichton has been awarded the Scottish Midwife of the Year award in recognition of the hard work she does in West Lothian.
“Being nominated for the award by one of her patients shows how much new parents appreciate the help and support that Nan gives.
"It is not the first time a member of our midwifery staff has been recognised in this way, and last year one of Nan’s colleagues, Ruth Close, won the Mother & Baby Magazine Midwife of the Year award.”
Nan, Suzanne, Stuart and baby Lewis will attend the glittering awards ceremony in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire on Wednesday 1st October.
The Mama and Papa’s awards allow parents to thank whose midwives who have touched their lives in a remarkable way.