Safaa Alam, an inspirational and much-loved Midwife at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s, has sadly passed away following treatment for COVID-19.
Safaa started her professional career as a nurse, before training as a midwife at Birmingham Women’s Hospital, where she became a valued member of the team. Safaa’s passion for patient safety and risk management enabled her to progress to the specialist role of Risk Management Midwife. Safaa took pride in supporting her colleagues to maintain safety, standards of care and lead improvement of services for our women, babies and families. Safaa was known for her kindness and compassion, and loved by family, friends and colleagues alike.
Sarah-Jane Marsh, Chief Executive, said: “Safaa was an amazing midwife whose skills and expertise helped to bring hundreds of new lives in to the world, whilst supporting women on their journey to motherhood.
“We promise to continue to uphold Safaa’s values and commitment to safe maternity care, wrapped up in the kindness and compassion she exemplified.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband and family as they come to terms with their devastating loss.
“May you rest in peace Safaa and may God bless you and your loved ones always.”
Rachel Carter, Head of Midwifery, said: “Safaa was loved by all of us here at Birmingham Women’s. Not only was she generous with her time, approachable, and extremely hard-working; a true role model, but she was also a dear friend and the glue to our team.
“To watch Safaa work was inspiring, she provided women, babies and families with exceptional care and did this with the greatest level of compassion, putting everyone she worked with at ease.
“Our memories of Safaa will always be cherished, and we’ll greatly miss her strength and positive outlook on life.”
Safaa was a devoted wife. Her husband Shazad said: “Saf was my beautiful and full of life wife. She was very passionate about her job as a midwife and would often dedicate more than what was required.
“Whenever we visited family or friends she would naturally lean towards any children and create lasting fun activities with them full of laughter and happiness.
“She was my childhood sweetheart and we grew up together and married over four years ago. My years with Saf have been filled with love, fun and adventure; this was just the beginning of our lives together, her passing has been premature.
“She has left an empty feeling and space in my life and for many others which will take a long time to heal but I will remember her with love for her courage, patience and kindness.”
We’d ask that you respect the family’s wish for privacy at this difficult time, as they start to come to terms with their terrible loss.