What a wonderful time The Real Birth Company had at the annual Herefordshire Business Awards last Friday night. Not only were we wined and dined in fine style, but we won the much-coveted Innovator of the Year Award! Cue wild celebrations, too many photos and lots of hugging.
Once the celebrations were over and we returned to the office on Monday we realised that we all had our own very personal reasons for feeling proud. We all bring different talents, abilities, and ideas to the company so we thought it would be a lovely idea to ask everyone in the team why the award meant so much to them. This is what they had to say…
Zoe Wright – Founder, CEO and Midwife
It’s amazing to receive a message saying that you have been nominated for an award and the email I received from The Herefordshire Business Awards, had us all feeling thrilled. For me, it was knowing that all the hard work the team has put in and continues to, has been recognised.
Creating and developing something that is new is really hard work! It takes years of commitment, belief, dedication, and enormous levels of passion, to see the innovation through all the difficulties and successes. It is essential to have a passionate and dedicated team, when I say team, what I really mean is family.
Each member of our Real Birth family has been drawn to the organisation through their own experiences or core values and when we come to work in the morning (or evening/weekend!), it’s not turning up to a job, it’s a coming together of minds and hearts. Being nominated made me feel proud of everyone’s achievements.
Being a digital health innovation brings with it a huge number of challenges, and for every challenge we have confronted, the amazing family at The Real Birth Company have worked steadily through it, together.
Winning the award was an amazing moment, and to stand and collect our award together, was a moment that we all shall remember.
Sarah Smith – Digital Midwife and Antenatal Teacher
I think for me winning the award is brilliant, as it gives recognition to all the years of hard work that the whole team have put into the business, and recognises not just the ‘shiny bits’ we see from the outside, as in the finished product, or the conversations, emails and presentations we make to hospitals, or the teaching that we do, but also the bits that don’t really get to see the light of day. All the hard work that goes on in the background, the development side, the real nuts and bolts of the programme, that don’t get as much recognition as they should.
Not only that, it gives me a huge amount of pride to work for such a dynamic, innovative, and resourceful company, who are using digital technology to meet the needs of service users and the NHS Trusts we work with. The Real Birth Programme significantly improves the birth experience not only for both mums and families, but also midwives and doctors and all those involved in supporting maternity services helping create better outcomes for all.