Dedicated Midwife Awarded in King’s New Year’s Honour List

3rd January 2023
Julie Gough

Midwife, Julie Gough from Bangor has been awarded a British Empire Medal for her service to midwifery in Northern Ireland on the King’s New Year’s Honour List 2023.

Julie, who has over 40 years of service began her midwifery training in 1980 in the Ulster Hospital where she worked tirelessly up until her retirement in December 2021.  Not giving up completely, Julie continues to work bank shifts to cover busy periods within the Maternity Unit.

Looking back at her time as a Midwife, Julie reminisces about seeing the generations move in time, from delivering babies to seeing them again as student Midwives years later. Julie highlights her passion for her career choice, stating that every delivery she assisted with, was a special one!

The prestigious and first King’s New Year Honour List was released on Friday 30 December 2022.

When asked about her achievement, Julie commented, “I was amazed to hear that I had been awarded a British Empire Medal, it is such a fantastic feeling that I have been able to help woman and their babies in such a way that I have been nationally recognised for it.”

“This award is not just for me, but for all of my amazing midwifery colleagues in Northern Ireland who go above and beyond every day for the woman and babies in their care. I am so pleased that recognition has been brought forward to midwifery in Northern Ireland.”