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“Finding out you have Covid is daunting as it is but when this is combined with having a baby the whole situation changes.”

A woman who gave birth to her daughter while suffering from Covid-19 has praised the care she received at the Rosie Hospital.

Annalisa Ross, from Hauxton, shared her story while nominating midwife Isobel Riches for The Public Choice Award, which we are running with Cambridge University Hospitals as part of its CUH Awards. You can nominate below.

Rosie midwife Isobel Riches. Picture: Annalisa Ross
Rosie midwife Isobel Riches. Picture: Annalisa Ross

Annalisa told us: “Izzy took care of me during such a scary and delicate moment of my life when I had to go into hospital to have my baby whilst Covid positive.

“As an NHS nurse myself and having worked in critical care among the sickest patients with Covid, I was genuinely worried and stressed.

“Izzy’s care was exemplary and exceptional. Izzy worked her whole shift with full protections and uncomfortable masks to provide the best care for me and continue to protect herself and her colleagues/family.

“Although I could not see her mouth, Izzy’s eyes were so expressive that I was able to understand when she was smiling. Her positive, reassuring attitude combined with her incredible midwifery skills and caring nature made the whole birthing process a truly amazing experience that I will forever treasure.

“Izzy had to press the emergency bell at the very end as baby looked like she was getting stuck. She did not wait until the last minute as she also kept in mind the timing for other colleagues to put on their PPE to attend.

The Cambridge Independent has teamed up with Cambridge University Hospitals for the Public Choice Award
The Cambridge Independent has teamed up with Cambridge University Hospitals for the Public Choice Award

“The issue was resolved quickly and without the need of other people but it was great thinking ahead, predicting all possible outcomes.”

Annalisa continued: “Baby Emma was born around 6pm. Izzy’s shift was finished but she stayed until everything was in place and documented before going home.

“She came to tell me that she would be back in the morning and she was the one who discharged me and baby home. That was the best continuity of care ever!

“I have a photo of Izzy in her PPE with baby Emma just before going home and it is very special to me.”

Anyone can nominate a member of Cambridge University Hospitals staff or a team for The Public Choice Award, which is designed to recognise kindness, compassion and care.

You can also include a message to those you are nominating, which we will ensure is passed on to them.

Rosie midwife Isobel Riches. Picture: Annalisa Ross
Rosie midwife Isobel Riches. Picture: Annalisa Ross

Annalisa’s message read: “Dear Izzy, please keep up your amazing work. I would like to let you know how grateful I am and what a difference you have made in our lives. Thank you infinite times. I hope this award goes to you.”

The category is one of 12 in the CUH Annual Awards, with the other 11 open to staff only.

They are designed to recognise the extraordinary dedication shown by staff at Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie Hospitals during the Covid-19 pandemic.

To nominate for the Public Choice Award, fill in this form.

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