Midwife's award gives birth to excitement

IT HAS been ``over a decade'' since a member of the Launceston General Hospital last won Tasmania's Midwife of the Year Award, but award winner Amanda Stockdale insists she was just doing her job like everyone else.

Last week Mrs Stockdale was informed she had won the honour, but admits the achievement still hasn't sunk in.

``I feel really excited,'' she said.

``I had to keep this a secret. I got a phone call last Tuesday and I couldn't tell anybody until today.

``She [her informer] said `I have some news, but can you keep a secret?' I thought what on earth is she going to say?''

Mrs Stockdale said while she was shocked she was even nominated, she had no plans for an extravagant celebration and instead opted to enjoy yesterday's afternoon tea at the LGH.

Mrs Stockdale's nominator, De-Arne Richardson, said it was the midwife's professionalism and personable nature that set her apart from others in the state.

The pair first met when Ms Richardson gave birth to her daughter, Imogen, last year.

``I nominated her for her exceptional nursing skills,'' Ms Richardson said.

``As you can see she's just friendly and makes people feel very comfortable.

``Having a baby isn't the easiest of things and she was there for me from the time I walked in until the time I walked out.''

Launceston General Hospital midwife Amanda Stockdale was nominated for Midwife of the Year by De-Arne Richardson, with daughter Imogen Turnbull, 11 months. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

Launceston General Hospital midwife Amanda Stockdale was nominated for Midwife of the Year by De-Arne Richardson, with daughter Imogen Turnbull, 11 months. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

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