A bereavement midwife has been highly commended in the Pride of Essex Awards for the Unsung Hero category.
The nomination came from a parent, Stacey Alliston from Chelmsford, who thanked Tabitha Stuthridge, Lead Bereavement Midwife at the Trust, for her dedication, compassion, and empathy after her baby girl, Lois, was stillborn in 2018.
Stacey called Tabitha "our earth angel" and praised her ongoing support and compassion, adding "she went above and beyond what was expected of her…Tabitha always puts in extra effort for the families she cares for and fights for us when needed. Her care didn't stop after I left the hospital five years ago. She's always there for me by phone when I need support."
Tabitha, who has helped support families suffering baby loss for over 21 years, said: "It's overwhelming when a family who has been through so much pain and life-changing events takes the time to acknowledge me amidst their sorrow.
“Being recognised in this way motivates me to continue striving to make a difference and fight for excellent bereavement care and support. Knowing that my efforts help even a little bit makes it all worthwhile."
The Pride of Essex Awards recognises and celebrates individuals, groups, and organisations across Essex for their exceptional contributions and achievements.