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On Thursday 22 October, senior midwife Gergana Nikolova was thrilled to receive recognition for her contribution to the health of black and minority ethnic (BME) communities at the Mary Seacole Leadership and Development Awards in London.

The monetary awards which fund specific health care projects that aim to improve the health outcomes of people from BME communities, provided Gergana (middle of picture) with the perfect opportunity to submit her project for the further development of the successful online antenatal education programme she produced earlier this year.

Building on the success of the15 antenatal videos available, Gergana's latest innovation is to translate the online resource into different languages, beginning with Urdu, to support one of the local communities largest ethnic groups.

Delighted with the award, Gergana said: "This project is providing a tool for women to access antenatal care which has been identified as paramount in improving outcomes for pregnant women and their babies. Being able to provide them with information they can understand at the very first point of contact with a midwife is crucial."

Head of midwifery, Adrienne Price, who also attended the ceremony said: “I am incredibly proud of the work Gergana is doing to help educate and provide information to parents-to-be and new parents.  I know the videos have received some very positive feedback and the translation into different languages will be of real benefit to our local community.”

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