HAVING a baby can be one of the most nerve-racking experiences anyone can face.
For young mum Louise Walker, her fears and worries were allayed by community midwife Maureen Scott, who went the extra mile before the birth of her son, Aaron, in 2012.
She has now nominated Maureen as NHS Lothian’s Health Hero for being a great listener and “always being there”.
Louise, 26, said: “She was always there for us and really helped with everything. She was kind and always seemed to know what we needed.
“She helped me when I had a question – it doesn’t matter if it was silly – and she was always cheerful.”
The Evening News is backing the NHS Lothian Health Hero award, which seeks to honour the stars of the health service. Entries have poured in, with nominees ranging from a top breast cancer surgeon to a speech and language therapist who transformed the life of a young boy with autism.
Maureen, who has been working in the community team in Leith for 14 years, said she was “gobsmacked” by her nomination.
She said: “I remember Louise well and she was lovely to work with.
“She’s done really well, taking everything on board and I know she’s a fab mum.
“I was gobsmacked when I found out. I like to think I work hard for all of my patients and I will do whatever it takes to make them feel comfortable.”
As she lives in the community she serves, Maureen, 55, said she was always bumping into former patients who want to show her how their children have grown.
She said: “It can be a very close relationship as you are working with women for a long time and you are having to ask them lots of personal questions sometimes.
“It’s really important when a woman comes through the door for the first time that you can build up that rapport and that trust.
“That’s why I love working in the community as you can really build a relationship with people. You feel like you can make a difference.”
The closing date for entries to the NHS Lothian Celebrating Success Awards is April 8.