HUDDERSFIELD nursery products firm Mamas & Papas has chosen a NHS midwife whose work covers an army base as its Midwife of the Year for 2009.
Stars of Coronation Street and Hollyoaks helped midwife Carol Clayton celebrate her success in the annual competition.
Carole was recognised for her "tireless duty of care" to the wives of servicemen at Weeton army base in Lancashire – often delivering the babies of soldiers that have lost their lives in wars without ever seeing their newborn children.
Carol was nominated by army base mother Kirsty Charlton – whose husband serves in The King’s Division band – for the ongoing care and compassion she showed the family after their baby Alex Clayton was born with a cleft palette.
The nomination was supported by all the new parents on the army base – including women who have spent their whole pregnancy waiting for the return of their soldier partners and women who know their partners will never return.
The award was presented at a gala luncheon hosted by Hollyoaks actress and mum-to-be Terri Dwyer and attended by Coronation Street stars and new parents Tina O’Brien, Jack P Shepherd and Ryan Thomas.
More than 150 midwives and parents attended to find out the winners of 13 regional awards as well as a lifetime achievement and student midwife of the year awards.