Doting Northants dad in the running for national award

Dan and Toby Rawson, of Ecton
Dan and Toby Rawson, of Ecton

A man who has supported his wife through a miscarriage and then the very difficut birth of their son has been nominated for a national award.

Natasha Rawson, 32, nominated her husband Daniel Rawson, 36, for the Bepanthen Doting Dad Award, organised by the charity Tommy’s, to say thank you for being her rock on their three-year journey to having baby Toby, who was delivered at just 32 weeks after Natasha developed pre-eclampsia.

The award recognises a dad who has gone above and beyond to care and look after his child and family during a difficult pregnancy or birth.

Natasha suffered a miscarriage in 2010 and then had IUI treatment before becoming pregnant with Toby two years later. He was delivered at 32 weeks by emergency caesarean section after Natasha developed pre-eclampsia.

Natasha spent the next three weeks in hospital and Toby spent four weeks in neonatal care. During this time, Daniel followed a gruelling schedule of getting up at 5am for work, visiting his wife and son for afternoon visiting hours, returning to work, visiting in the evening and continuing work again.

Toby is now 18-months-old, and Dan and Toby enjoy a very special bond.

Natasha said: “Dan has been my rock.

“After my miscarriage and struggling to get pregnant, when I finally fell pregnant with Toby I was on tenterhooks constantly.

“Dan was amazing and came to every hospital appointment and scan possible.

“Dan and Toby are like two peas in a pod and have a wonderful relationship. Dan is always there for both of us.”

Dan, of Ecton, near Earls Barton, will find out in March if he has won the award.