Julie Crawford Award - call for nominations

Julie Crawford Award for Breastfeeding Support 2008
 
The Baby Feeding Law Group is seeking nominations from parents for the third year of the Julie Crawford Award for Breastfeeding Support. Nominations must be sent to Baby Milk Action by 30th September 2008.
 
Criteria for Award
 
The nominee must be:
 
A practicing health visitor who has made significant contribution to – or has an ongoing impact on - breastfeeding support in the UK, at individual or policy level.
 
Someone who has demonstrated an awareness and commitment to the protection and defence of breastfeeding, facilitating universal access for support that is independent of commercial influence.
 
Background
 
In November 2001, Julie Crawford died from a rare disease, at the age of 42. Julie was a health visitor and a former Director of Baby Milk Action. She cared passionately about breastfeeding and was never frightened to stand up and fight for the rights of mothers to independent and sensitive care. Julie was especially concerned about the extent of industry funding of education for health professionals and was also keen to push for legal action in defence of mother’s rights to breastfeed. She was one of the first health visitors to participate in the International Breastfeeding Course at the Institute of Child Health (self-funded, since employers could not find the resources).
 
In 1992, she wrote in the JBI newsletter about the barriers to breastfeeding support from within the health visiting and midwifery professions - where so many had not had adequate training and so many had not had adequate support for their own breastfeeding experiences and the chance to discuss the feelings this left them with: "there is no safe forum in which to reach some understanding". Julie also noted that "many health professionals endorse expectations of infant behaviour which damage breastfeeding" and called for "articulate voices" to promote change for mothers and for health professionals.
 
The first award was given to Gill Rapley in November 2003. Gill worked as a health visitor for many years before being employed by the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative. Gill has done a research project on 'baby-led weaning’. The second award was given to Deanna Vearncombe. Deanna is a health visitor from Fylde who has made a significant contribution to breastfeeding support in the UK, and has demonstrated a commitment to ensuring that parents are protected from commercial influence. There were also three runners up in 2004: Elizabeth Capon, Chris Mitchell and Rachael Windsor. The winner in 2005 was Sharon Breward. The winner in 2006 was Annette Ogilvie-Forbes.
 
Guidelines for nominations
 
Please see the above criteria and send us a few paragraphs about why you think your candidate should win. Bear in mind that this is not an award for straightforward breastfeeding support. The person should also play a role in protecting parents from commercial influence (marketing, promotion) aspects that are not always obvious.
 
Its not necessary at this stage for your candidate to know that they are nominated, but unless you know them well, it may be easier to write something about them if you have their cooperation. If they win, we hope they would be able to attend the CPHVA conference to receive the Award.
 
Remember to include full contact details for your candidate and for yourself, including email address and where they work.
 
Please send your submission back to Patti Rundall prundall@babymilkaction.org. before the closing date of 30th September 2008.