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Ex-corrie star backs campaign for baby heroes

A former Coronation Street actress is backing a campaign to find Britain's maternity unit heroes.
Former Coronation Street star Kate Ford has got behind a campaign to honour the UK's midwives, doctors, nurses and paramedics who work tirelessly to save the lives of special care infants.

Kate, who played Tracey Barlow in the popular ITV1 soap, was a premature baby herself and therefore says she has first-hand experience of the excellent service provided by healthcare professionals.

The actress, who weighed just 4lbs when she was born, said that the pleasant experience she had when giving birth to her own baby, Otis, was largely down to her helpful midwife.

Kate is therefore backing the Baby Lifeline's search for nominees for its MUM (Maternity Unit Miracles) Awards, which calls for mums and dads to put forward the names of exceptional medical staff who helped them during childbirth.

She told the Press Association: "Giving birth is hard but it's just as hard for midwives who work round the clock to give the best care possible.

"The people who work in these units are unsung heroes and if anyone has had a positive experience giving birth, whether premature or not, this is their chance to say 'thank you' for all the fantastic work the staff do."

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