Maternity nurse to the rich and famous wins prestigious Best With Babies award

Susan Welcher receives her award.

Susan Welcher receives her award. - Credit: Archant

A maternity nurse who has travelled the world to care for the babies of sports stars, celebrities and even a former president has been named the inaugural winner of an industry award.

Susan Wilsher with Yasser Arafat and his baby

Susan Wilsher with Yasser Arafat and his baby - Credit: Archant

Susan Wilsher, of Wisbech, scooped the Best with Babies Award, which was established to recognise the crucial role of a maternity nurse in the lead up to and following child birth, at the Nanny Awards in Cambridge.

Mrs Wilsher has cared for more than 300 babies, including her fair share of twins and triplets, during her 27 year career.

She said: “It is every time an honour to be part of someone’s new family.”

Her most remarkable assignment has been caring for the baby of former Palestinian president Yasser Arafat, who hand-picked her for the job.

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Mrs Wilsher said: “It probably doesn’t come as a surprise but they found me – he was a president.

“At the time I was working for him it was an extremely dangerous place to be with missiles being fired every day and with no electricity, water or telephone on any one day.

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“One day I decided I was really not cut out for the job and went to the president and said I have had enough, but there was no airport and the border was closed so I decided to stick it out.

“It is 25 years down the road but the children still keep in touch with me.”

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