Stroud MP Siobhan Baillie invited two midwives – including one who was part of the team that delivered her two daughters – to Downing Street for a 75th birthday celebration of the NHS.
Laura Wilson and Jan Partridge went through the famous black door with Ms Baillie after she asked the Prime Minister to include them in an NHS champions event with health secretary Steve Barclay.
Laura has been a midwife since 2006 and works in Dursley and Jan is a veteran who has worked in the profession for 40 years. Jan helped Siobhan throughout her pregnancies through the Stroud Maternity Hospital.
“What an honour it was to be able to bring these two wonderful midwives, who are known to so many families in Stroud and Dursley, to Downing Street for some well-deserved recognition,” said Ms Baillie.
“Their dedication to new mums and to the NHS is an inspiration. In the case of Jan it is also a personal thank you for all her help and support she gave me during my pregnancies.
“On the 75th birthday of the NHS, it was important local people were able to come and take part in the celebrations and meet the secretary of state too – especially as he knows I am campaigning to reopen SMUs post natal beds.”
Jan Partridge said: “Myself and Laura were delighted to attend the NHS Champions’ Reception, invited by Siobhan Baillie.
“We had the opportunity to chat with staff from various areas, which was interesting during this time of across the board challenges within our precious Service.
“As we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the birth of the NHS, it felt particularly fitting.
“Being welcomed into 10, Downing Street was a great experience. Siobhan took the time to also show us around Parliament, which we really appreciated.”
Laura Wilson added: “I felt extremely honoured to be invited to the Local NHS champions reception by Siobhan. Representing the many hard working and caring individuals within our NHS on its 75th Anniversary was a very proud moment and something I shall always remember. What we have in our NHS is truly unparalleled and needs to be always cherished.”