Maria Elliott Nominated For 'Woman of the Year' Award

The Active Pregnancy Foundation Awards – Public Vote Opens!

The shortlist for Women of the Year and Product of the Year has now been revealed, and the public are invited to vote for their favourite, as part of the Active Pregnancy Foundation Awards 2023.

The Active Pregnancy Foundation are today launching the public vote for ‘Woman of the Year’ and ‘Product of the Year’. The public are invited to cast their vote and the winners will be announced at the Active Pregnancy Foundation Awards 2023 – in association with Natal Active. The shortlist was finalised after initially being judged by our expert panel. All the nominations for these two awards were worthy of winning, but those who have made the shortlist stood out in the quality of their work and the impact they’re having on the health outcomes of pregnant and postnatal women.

Maria Elliott - Active Pregnancy Foundation Awards 2023

Woman of the Year – The Shortlist

  • Lt Col. Elaine Walker

Elaine is an Army GP and current Senior Medical Officer for the 1st UK Division Elaine has been the volunteer lead for the Defence GP Specialist Interest Group for women’s health since 2016.

  • Maria Elliott

Maria Elliott is the founder of Mummy MOT® and Pelvic Angels Ltd. She has worked extensively in the field of women's health for over 30 years and is one of the UK's leading practitioners in pelvic health.

  • Sophie Power

British ultra-runner Sophie Power became a household name when a photograph of her breastfeeding her 3-month-old baby during the 106-mile Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) went viral around the world.

Product of the Year – The Shortlist

  • Bumps and Burpees: Your Guide to Staying Strong, Fit and Happy Throughout Pregnancy – book by Charlie Barker
  • Why Mums Don’t Jump – podcast by Helen Ledwick
  • Why Did No One Tell Me? How to protect, heal and nurture your body throughout motherhood – book by Emma Brockwell

The public can read more about the shortlisted nominees and cast their votes here:

VOTING OPENS at 9am Wednesday 10th May

CLOSING at midnight Sunday 21st May

The Awards

Despite the many physical and mental health benefits of regular engagement with physical activities, research has shown that participation declines during the childbearing years with as many as 3 in 4 women missing out on the associated benefits every year and few returning to pre-pregnancy participation levels. The Active Pregnancy Foundation Awards 2023 will recognise and celebrate the people and enterprises that make a difference to women’s engagement with and experience of physical activities during the pre- and postnatal life stages. The event will commend those who demonstrate best practice in the field and highlight a collective intention to raise awareness and standards in safety, access, and provision.

Sally Kettle, CEO The Active Pregnancy Foundation says, “It’s so exciting to be able to showcase the shortlisted nominees for both ‘Woman of the Year’ and ‘Product of the Year’. For me, they all deserve to win, but we really hope the public gets behind them by voting for the woman or product they think has had the biggest impact on the health and wellbeing of pregnant and postnatal women in the UK.”

How to get involved

The charity is inviting those who work with pregnant and postnatal women to nominate themselves or others in four broad categories: people, places, products, and programmes. Overall, there are 14 awards that will be announced at a glitzy ceremony on the 27th of June 2023 at 10 Union Street in London. Come and join us, network with industry stakeholders, meet the prize winners and enjoy a great summer party!

For more details visit the Active Pregnancy Foundation website.