Midwives at Whipps Cross Hospital have been named as the best maternity team in the country at a prestigious award ceremony.

The hospital’s Ruby specialist team were crowned the Lansinoh Maternity Team of the Year the Royal College of Midwives Annual Midwifery Awards last week.

The Ruby team cares for vulnerable pregnant women across both Waltham Forest and Redbridge, working alongside other authorities to achieve the best outcomes for mothers and their babies.

RCM chief executive Gill Walton said: “I wish to congratulate each and every member of the Ruby Specialist maternity team at Whipps Cross University Hospital.

“They provide care and support to some of the most vulnerable pregnant women in two of the largest Boroughs in London and the work they do deserves to be recognised.

“Vulnerable pregnant women and those who do not have English as their first language are often hard to reach and sometimes don’t present to maternity services until late into their pregnancy.

“The work that the midwives at Whipps Cross have done in ensuring that women have access to support in the early stages of pregnancy is so important and truly deserves to be recognised.”

Ruby team were presented with their accolade by Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins at an awards ceremony held in central London on Tuesday, March 6.

Deborah Goldsmith, head of midwifery and gynaecology at Whipps, said: “We are delighted that the Ruby team have won this prestigious award.

“Our midwives work extremely hard to give expectant mothers safe and compassionate care and for our efforts to be recognised is wonderful. 

“It can be difficult to encourage women in vulnerable circumstances to access much-needed care, and we hope this national recognition will give more local women the confidence to use our maternity services.”