Maternity professionals representing all of the island of Ireland were celebrated in an highly anticipated award ceremony at the inaugural All-Ireland Maternity & Midwifery Festival yesterday.
Hosted by Maternity & Midwifery Forum at the historic Croke Park Stadium in Dublin, the All-Ireland Maternity & Midwifery Festival Awards recognise and celebrate the very finest examples of maternity and midwifery innovation, management, team work and achievement.
More than 400 midwifery professionals attended the festival awards in person with a further 600 individuals and groups from around the world watching the ceremony online via the live stream. The full awards ceremony is now available to watch on demand below.
We were delighted to receive a huge range of submissions from all corners of the island of Ireland, leaving our expert panel of judges with the incredibly tough task of whittling down so many worthy nominations to our final shortlist of 5 winners 6 highly commended nominees.
The awards were hosted by Conference Chair, Sue Macdonald and presented by Broadcaster, Publishing Entrepreneur & Human Rights Campaigner Norah Casey.
Discussing the awards, Neil Stewart, Editorial Director of Maternity & Midwifery Forum said “The strength of midwifery innovation, management, team work and achievement on the island of Ireland is impressive, vibrant and internationally relevant – we are delighted to recognise and celebrate the individuals, teams and organisations who have done so much to contribute to the development of excellence in maternity care.”
See the full list of All-Ireland Festival Winners and Commended nominees below.
All-Ireland Maternity & Midwifery Festival Awards 2020
All-Ireland Maternity & Midwifery Innovation Award
Winner: Caroline Keegan, Midwifery Lecturer / HSE Manager , Scottish Nursing Guild
Highly Commended: Registered Advanced Midwife Practitioner Service, Sligo University Hospital
Highly Commended: ‘The Joint Research Network’ – National Maternity Hospital & University College Dublin
All-Ireland Maternity & Midwifery Management Award
Winner: Mary Brosnan, Director of Midwifery & Nursing, National Maternity Hospital
All-Ireland Maternity & Midwifery Team Award
Winner: Maternity Matters Team, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
Highly Commended: Intrapartum Care Team, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
Highly Commended: Midwifery Practice Education Team, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
All-Ireland Maternity & Midwifery Achievement Award
Winner: Patricia Hughes, Midwifery Advisor, Midwifery & Nursing Expertise
Highly Commended: Caroline Brophy, Advanced Midwife Practitioner – Assisted Care, National Maternity Hospital
Highly Commended: Ann Cody, Agency Midwife, St Luke’s General Hospital, Kilkenny
All-Ireland Maternity & Midwifery Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner: Professor Marlene Sinclair, Professor of Midwifery Research , School of Nursing, Ulster University
Congratulations to all of our winners and highly commended nominees, we are so delighted to be able to recognise and celebrate your achievements and contribution to Maternity and Midwifery care across the island of Ireland.
We look forward to seeing you all again in 2021!