MATERNITY staff at Basildon Hospital were busy over the Bank Holiday weekend baking an array of delicious cakes, to mark International Day of the Midwife.
Created with skills that would impress Mary Berry, judge of The Great British Bake Off, many of the decorations featured maternity themes.
Among the baking team was midwife Abbie Radley, who is currently on maternity leave after giving birth to her first baby, Matthew, eight weeks ago. Abbie found time in between feeds and nappy changes to bake a mouth-watering chocolate cake for the fund-raiser.
The cakes were sold to visitors, patients and staff at the hospital during the day, and raised over £240 for women and midwives in Africa.
Competition judges, Jennie Ponting, Head of Midwifery, and Dr Parivakkam Arunakumari, Consultant Obstetrician, awarded the prize for best-looking cake to midwife Abena Richards. Abbie Radley and Sharon Peake, community secretary, won joint second prize.
Jennie Ponting said: “I am so proud of our dedicated maternity team. They show such commitment to their work here at Basildon Hospital, and then spend hours of their free time making these amazing cakes to raise money for colleagues and mothers in Africa.”
Donna Southam, Supervisor of Midwives, who organised the competition, used the occasion to highlight the supervisors of midwives (SoM) programme run by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. SoMs are experienced midwives who have had additional training to ensure that women receive the best quality midwifery care. All midwives must have a SoM, to support them in their work and monitor standards.